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Tom Mix, Published October 29 2012

South's Weiler gives verbal to Nebraska-Omaha

FARGO – The soccer career of Fargo South senior Jacob Weiler did not end at the state tournament two weeks ago.

In fact, the 6-foot-1 all-state midfielder is taking his game to the highest level of the collegiate ranks.

Weiler verbally committed to to play soccer at NCAA Division I University of Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday evening.

“I really liked the coaching staff,” Weiler said. “It is easily accessible travel-wise. It is the exact kind of environment I want for sports, academics and just the metropolitan vibe.”

Weiler is scheduled to graduate from South in January and will begin his first semester at UNO that same month. He also plans to begin training with the team early in preparation for his first collegiate season.

Nebraska-Omaha began its transition to Division I in 2011, and the men’s soccer program at the school is in its second year of existence. The Mavericks (4-10-1) are a member of the Summit League and are coached by Jason Mims.

This fall, Nebraska Omaha is fifth in the Summit League standings holding a 2-3-1 league record with one match to play.

Weiler, who plans to study exercise science, also considered Division II schools University of Mary and Rockhurst University (Mo.).

“I’m really excited to get going and be able to train with some great players,” Weiler said. “Since they are in Omaha they play against Creighton (Neb.). Creighton is in the top 20 in the country every year. That is something I really wanted to do and that is something that comes with a Division I conference. You play against some of the best teams.”

Weiler helped the Bruins to a 13-4-3 record and a third-place finish at the North Dakota state tournament this fall. He totaled 14 goals and 16 assists his senior season and was named the North Dakota High School Coaches Association senior athlete of the year.

Weiler, who was named North Dakota player of the year as a junior, also kicks field goals for the No. 3-ranked South football team, which hosts Bismarck Century in the Class 3A semifinals at 6 p.m. on Friday.

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