Although it is rarely covered by the traditional media giants of the state, Nebraska is filled with exciting and competitive collegiate soccer programs. In fact, Nebraska contains a grand total of THIRTY programs for men and women. Those thirty programs compete across a wide variety of collegiate levels including Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, and junior college.
Nebraska Soccer Talk is here to examine, cover, and promote all of these teams. This task has been made a bit more challenging by the circumstances created by COVID-19. Depending on the playing level, conference, and school, the season outlook changes drastically. Roster information can also be in flux, depending on the school. Despite these challenges, our staff attempted to put together the best program summaries possible. To our knowledge, we are the only outlet providing such coverage to our state’s college programs.
Just like Nebraska Soccer Talk, this column will grow and become more in depth as the years pass. In the future, we hope to provide sideline coverage of games, facility features, coach and player interviews. We look forward to the journey ahead. Thank you for being a part of our community. The sport of soccer is growing in Nebraska, and we intend to see it thrive.
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Head Coach – Jade Ovendale
Assistant Coaches – Bruno Moreira & James Westfield
Mascot – Broncos
Regular Season Record
Nebraska Homegrown Players On Roster –
- #3 Rilee Silvain – Fr – Omaha Marian – D
- #5 Katie Heller – Fr – Lincoln East – D
- #6 Hunter Reeves – Jr – Gretna High – F
- #8 Mackenzie McNeel – Fr – Elkhorn South – D
- #17 Ayden Ridder – Fr – Bennington – M
- #20 Miley Prine – Fr – Bennington – F
- #25 Eva Dunker – Fr – Blair – M
- #27 Kelsey Peterson – So – Omaha Roncalli – D
- #30 Sofia Gomez-Garcia – Fr – Columbus – M
- #32 Carolyn Hopkins – Sr – Lincoln East – D
- #34 Lancy Siefken – Fr – Papillion-La Vista South – F
11/31 = 35%
NEST Analysis – Hastings is a highly successful Nebraska based program that has elevated the sport with its wonderful showing on a yearly basis. With so many collegiate women’s programs within our borders, it can be difficult to rise above a crowded field. However, Hastings College has distanced itself from the field. Even better, this success has been accomplished with some of the best homegrown talent Nebraska has to offer. As of right now, 35% of the roster is made up of Nebrakans. The Broncos consistently find talent that fits their culture and buys into the program’s standard. Even more impressive is the fact that the head coaching position is rotating regularly. Credit must be given to the athletic department for seemingly always hitting a home run with their hires. Coach Ovendale is the latest to hold the post and have major success. The season has the Broncos in title contention yet again.
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