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.

Disclaimer – In the making of this article, team websites and other research sources were utilized. Although we attempt to avoid them whenever possible, errors can occur. Please contact us directly with corrections.

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Head Coach – Brandon Bonilla

2020 will be Bonilla’s third year with NWU after compiling a 15-16-4 record in his first two seasons as head coach. This is Bonilla’s first opportunity to run a program after gaining assistant experience across the Division I level at Texas A&M, Houston, and Nebraska-Lincoln.

Assistant Coaches – Scott Sheffield, Steve Pointon

Mascot – Prairie Wolves

Year Regular Season Record American Rivers Conference Record
2019 7-8-3 1-6-1
2018 8-8-1 3-5
2017 11-7-1 5-3
2016 11-7-1 5-3

 

Nebraska Homegrown Players On Roster – 14/20 = 70%

NEST Analysis – The Prairie Wolves program will attempt to turn its on-field direction around this season. This is a Nebraska heavy roster that we hope finds success in the near future. Their overall record has been declining gradually, much of that being due to conference play. The primary goal of any program is to compete for conference titles, and that should be NWU’s first focus. One point of optimism is the overall age of the roster is very young. With time to learn and grow, the Wolves could see a quick turnaround. 

 

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