Olivia Brown played high school soccer at Centennial in Ankeny, Iowa under Coach Chris Allen. Brown earned first-team all-state accolades as a defender in both 2017 and 2018. The team made the State Cup semifinals in 2017, finishing the season with a 16-4-0 record. In 2018, she scored goals in both of the semifinal games, while also scoring the game-winning goal in the finals to help her team earn the 2018 State Cup championship, finishing the season with a 20-2-0 record. As a result of this win, she was named captain of the all-tournament team, named to the Des Moines Register's Elite All-State team and awarded the Des Moines Register's Girls' Soccer Player of the Year. Brown also garnered first-team all-tournament in 2017, first-team all-district in 2017 and 2018, first-team all-conference in 2017 and 2018, and a spot on the academic all-state team in 2018. She also earned the Varsity Athletic Award in 2017 and 2018. Brown achieved success academically as well, claiming multiple awards, including the Des Moines Area Community College Silver Certificate and Dean’s Award for High Scholastic Achievement in 2017.
Brown played club soccer for Iowa Rush, which also produced current Huskers Meg Brandt and Caroline Buelt, under Coach Daryl Brazeau. Brown, who served as a team captain from 2015 to 2018, helped Iowa Rush capture the 19U MRL Premier 1 Division title in 2017. She was also a part of three State Cup winning teams, which claimed the 16U title in 2014, the 18U title in 2016 and the 19U crown in 2017. Brown also played for the 2000 Girls Iowa State ODP Team from 2014 to 2016, and was selected to the 2000 Girls ODP Region II Interregional Player Pool in 2016 and 2017 in Boca Raton, Fla.
Olivia is the daughter of Kate and Thomas Brown, and was born on May 11, 2000. Olivia has one younger sister, Kallie. Olivia is majoring in biological sciences at Nebraska.
Brown on Nebraska
“I chose Nebraska not only because of its academic excellence, but because of the passion shown by the athletes. There is also a common goal among the coaches, training staff and academic advisers to help an athlete grow into a successful player and person. I want my journey at Nebraska to be filled with gratitude, learning, volunteerism and the chance to play soccer with some of the best collegiate athletes.”