Ade Oshikoya and Felipe Torres spent the last three years attending Western Nebraska Community College. Now, the two men’s soccer players will be taking their talents to the next level.
Oshikoya, from London, England, will be taking his soccer talents to the NCAA Division I level inking with University of Central Arkansas Thursday night. Torres, from Brazil, is headed to the NAIA level, signing with Southwestern Assembly of God University in Texas.
Both players are excited for the next step in their playing careers.
“I decided to go there because it is a great place to further my education and they have the program I am studying,” Oshikoya said. “Also, they have a fantastic coaching staff which help me develop as a soccer player as well.”
Torres said Southwest Assembly of God is a Christian school that he is excited to go to.
“I decided to go there because when I first started contacting the coaches, I felt something special and felt it was the right place for me,” Torrez said. “it is also a Christian school and I felt like I can give a lot with my soccer skills and my relationship with God. I believe it is the right choice for me.”
Torres and Oshikoya make four players from the men’s team that have signed to continue their playing at the next level. Earlier Eseah Ingram and Andres Matzuda signed with Shaw University in North Carolina.
Both players played soccer for practically their entire life and they said it feels good to keep playing at the next level.
“It is extremely exciting for me. I have been playing soccer my whole life and I am happy that I get to play another two years in my career and also to get my education paid for,” he said. “That is amazing and I am so happy for the next fall to start.”
Oshikoya said playing at the next level is a dream and he hopes to keep going after Central Arkansas.
“I have played soccer as long as I can remember,” he said. “Just getting an opportunity to keep playing at a high level is a blessing,” he said. “I originally came here and played left back my freshman year and he moved me to centerback because he felt that is where I can further my career. I that was a good decision because it helped me develop as a player as well. I am more confident playing centerback and I am playing centerback at Arkansas as well. My three years here has been very productive.”
Torres and Oshikoya are proof that hard work pays dividends in the end. Spending three years at a junior college helped them get a scholarship at the next level. Both said they have improved tremendously at WNCC.
“I am not the same player that I was when I came in here,” Oshikoya said. “I was a lot more afraid of the ball when I came in here and wasn’t as confident, but throughout playing and my experiences here through the coaching, I got confidence and I got more comfortable with the way the game of soccer is right now.”
Torres red-shirted his first-year at WNCC and he said that red-shirt year was the best thing that he did.
“Western Nebraska has been amazing. When I first got here, I got the notice that I wasn’t going to play my first year, but coach helped me a lot to improve that year and I redshirted,” Torres said. “I am glad now because I met some great people and have great relationships. I don’t regret anything I have done at WNCC. It has helped me grow as a person, as an athlete, and also as a student.
“I have grown a lot over the three years being around so many different players from different countries,” he said. “They have helped me a lot to grow my soccer skills and develop my soccer skills, and the coaching staff has helped me a lot. I can say I am a completely different player from when I came here compared to right now.”
Torres and Oshikoya have been a part of a Cougar men’s program that has been doing great things in the past few years. Last season, the Cougars finished the season with a 12-6 record, setting the school record for most wins in a season.
Oshikoya said that being a part of that success has been great.
“That was fantastic,” he said. “Every one of my teammates is a great player. Atmosphere around the team is great. We all get along. When we have differences, they are resolved very quickly. Every one of my teammates will be missed.”
Now that Torres and Oshikoya have the decision out of the way where they are going, the hardest part is about to hit – leaving WNCC and all the friends they have made.
“It will be definitely be hard to leave especially since I met so many great people, great teammates, and great friends out on the soccer field and the work place,” Torres, who plans to major in business administration, said. “This place has met so much with everything I needed since my first year here. Coach Todd Rasnic and Nancy and other people have helped me so much.”
Oshikoya, who is pursuing a degree in physical therapy, said his time at WNCC has been beyond words. He is even down to having a 10-year reunion with the people he met while at WNCC.
“It is definitely going to be hard leaving,” Oshikoya said. “I have made so many friends as you can see [with the packed room of people at the signing press conference] I made a bunch of friends and connections that will last a lifetime. It is not like saying goodbye, it will be just see you later for most of the people in this room because I do hope to see them again sometime in life.”