University of Nebraska at Kearney – Women’s College Spotlight

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.

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University of Nebraska – Kearney

Head Coach – Chloe Roberts (4th season as Head Coach)

Assistant Coaches – David Farias

Mascot – Lopers

Year Regular Season Record MIAA Record
2019 2-9-7 1-5-5
2018 5-12-1 3-7-1
2017 4-11-3 1-9-1
2016 7-8-3 4-5-2

Nebraska Homegrown Players On Roster – 

  • #2 Aleaya Snyder- So – Omaha Mercy – D
  • #6 Madeline Lecuona – Fr – Millard West – D
  • #10 Taylor Philbrick – Fr – Gering High – F
  • #11 Payton Rhen – So – Omaha Skutt – Mid
  • #12 Isabella Whiston- So – Lincoln East – D
  • #13 Emma Weis – So – Omaha Mercy – Mid
  • #14 Katie Shields – Omaha Mercy – Mid
  • #18 Megan Cook – Sr – Bellevue West – D
  • #19 Kylee Moore – Jr – Omaha Burke – Mid
  • #24 Hannah Hardy – So – Kearney High – Mid
  • #29 Halle Gleckler – Fr – Elkhorn High – F
  • #31 Jacylan Doering – Fr – Lincoln Pius – Mid

12/28 = 43%

Known Recruiting Class

  • Rainna Daharsh – Gretna, NE
  • Emily Flowers – Kansas City, MO
  • Dolcie Hanlon – Grand Junction, CO

NEST Analysis – Due to COVID, the 2020 edition of the women’s Loper program was unable to showcase their skills this fall. Looking back the 2019 campaign could be described as less than ideal, as UNK finished near the bottom of the MIAA. This is a program that has a great deal of potential within the Nebraska soccer landscape. Kearney is an exceptional city that could attract many talented athletes. Pair that with a vibrant educational institution and the building blocks are in place for a competitive program. 

The MIAA is a highly competitive conference, there is absolutely no doubt about that. Teams such as Northwest Missouri, Central Missouri, and Fort Hays State are routinely tough opponents. However, those challenges are far from insurmountable. UNK must raise its level of play going forward. With three seasons of experience as the head coach, Chloe Roberts will need to find a way to elevate her squad in the coming years. This team appears to be fairly young; with some experience, the positive results may follow. 


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