There’s a new leading scorer in town, and not only do University of Wisconsin-Superior students recognize the name, but local Superior residents might as well.
October marked a big month for the University of Wisconsin-Superior Women’s Soccer Team, as junior Forward Niya Wilson set a new record for all-time goalscoring, a feat that was previously held by former teammate, Annah Bratley (formerly Annah Schussman). The record was broken on October 21, after Wilson scored her 35th career goal during the Yellowjacket’s game in Minneapolis against North Central.
When asked if breaking this record has always been a goal of hers, Wilson said, “It wasn’t exactly a goal this year, but was definitely something that I knew was on the horizon.” After breaking the record, Wilson has continued to find the back of the net, currently sitting at 39 career goals, with 10 being from the current season and 4 coming after the new record was set.
Much of the neighborhood has followed her since she was a freshman at nearby Superior High School where she spent four years as a five-sport athlete before deciding to focus on soccer.
Having deep roots in Superior, Wilson is proud to have been able to set a record at a university that resides in her hometown. “I think that it makes it super cool just because a lot of my high school teachers and people from the community that I know follow my career more because I’m in the area and it’s local news.” Wilson said.
Wilson also went on to discuss the privilege that it’s been to be able to have her family and friends at the majority of her games. “It’s cool that a lot of my family and friends have been able to see a lot of my goals happen here in Superior.” Wilson said.
As a Junior, Wilson still has a lot of her career left in front of her, which will allow her to continue to build on her newly accomplished record, where she will be able to continue to set the bar higher and higher for future generations.