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, we intend to see it thrive.
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University of Nebraska-Omaha Men’s Soccer
Head Coach – Bob Warming
Warming has a great coaching history in the Big Ten. He is a big-time coach, and UNO is fortunate to have him. Warming took over in 2018, and we can see if his previous success eventually applies to UNO. As of right now, the roster has been overturned with many transfers in the last year, and the honeymoon period is coming to an end. UNO is one of two D1 men’s programs in the state, which automatically makes it a flagship. In order for soccer to grow in Nebraska, the state has to have success at the highest of levels.
Assistant Coaches – Grant Warming, Ugo Tritz
The assistant coaches are relatively inexperienced at this level and are assisted by a close relationship with the head man. Both were successful college players, hopefully it translates into the coaching sphere. Kudos to Warming for giving young coaches a chance – time to prove him right.
Mascot – Mavericks
|Year||Regular Season Record||Summit Conference Record|
Nebraska Homegrown Players On Roster –
- #2 Stevie Siy – Omaha Central – Sr – D
- #6 Ed Gordon – Creighton Prep – Sr – Mid
- #15 Zion Osorio – Lincoln East – So – D
- #16 Mauricio Felix-Alvarado – Omaha South – Fr. – D
- #19 Michael Monico – Gross Catholic – So – Mid
- #24 Gonzalo Ledesma – South Sioux City – R-Sr – D
- #26 Youde (Junior) Noutoua – Creighton Prep – Jr – Mid
- #29 Jonathan Lopez – Millard South – Sr. – Mid
8/24 = 33%
NEST Analysis – There are ten transfers now on the roster – eight of those are from a JuCo or lower level squad. That is a major shake up in a short amount of time for Warming’s squad. Hopefully they are correct in their evaluation process. This is a team that made the NCAA tournament in 2017 which is right where this program should be. That is the expectation, but we will see if year three is when everything clicks.
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