Gretna U-18 Soccer Team Heads to Nationals

For just the third time in history, a team from Nebraska is heading to a US Youth Soccer National Championship.

""It is extremely cool," Grace Iaquinta said. "For some of us girls I know it has been our dream since like 5th grade."

Now that dream is a reality. The Gretna Soccer Club is one of only eight teams left playing for the U-18 national championship.

"This is totally massive, both for the club and for Nebraska," Director of Coaching Digger Hawkins said. "To be a part of 8 teams nationally going for the national championship. It can't really get any bigger and better than this."

These girls are ready to show that Nebraska is more than just a football state.

"I think the goal is to win. We want to prove that Nebraska can play soccer and that we are good and that we can do it," Holly Hild said.

"I think we are going to give them a good run for their money," Laura Ney added. "They are gonna see Nebraska and then be like oh wow these people are actually pretty good."

Win or lose. Just making the national finals is a huge step for soccer in the heartland.

"Obviously the goal is to be national champions. But I think it is really to represent Gretna, Nebraska well and the club. I think there is no way that we can't," Iaquinta said.

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