Penalized: South Soccer Team Forfeits Games Due To Ineligible Player

Paul GutierrezOMAHA (KPTM) - South High School is the defending national champion in Class A soccer, but the road to a repeat championship won't come easy. Wins are now losses for the team because someone on the team should not have competed."It kind of sucks what happened because they beat some pretty good teams," said Leah Huerta, a South High student.The Nebraska School Activities Association won't say what made that athlete ineligible. What is clear is that Omaha South admitted to the mistake, but couldn't escape a seven game penalty. The NSAA calls it standard protocol, which is what students recognize will test the resolve of their fellow athletes."They're a family and it shows on and and off the field," said Huerta. "I just hope that they're okay with what's going on."The decision doesn't just affect South High either. Other schools in Class A will also notice changes as the playoff bracket gets shuffled around and teams change the way they prepare for the postseason.Despite the loss of seven games, South is still in the playoff picture. FOX 42 News learned Wednesday night the team will play at Norfolk on May 6th.