Honors & Awards

  • Second-Team All-Big Ten (2019)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2019)
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award (2019, 2020)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Sept. 6, 2016)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; Spring 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2019)

* - denotes a perfect 4.0 grade-point average

2019 (Senior)
Brenna Ochoa earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as well as Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2019. She started all 18 games and amassed 1,660 minutes, the third-most by a Husker during the season. She played 90 or more minutes on 15 occasions and didn't play fewer than 66 minutes in any game. Ochoa recorded one goal and one assist, taking 24 shots, 10 of which were on goal. On Sept. 6 at Long Beach State, Ochoa assisted Sinclaire Miramontez's game-winning goal in the 76th minute. On Sept. 29 against Illinois, Ochoa found the back of the net in the 59th minute for the lone goal of NU's 1-0 triumph over the Fighting Illini.

2018 (Junior)
Ochoa, who started all 21 games, amassed 1,949 minutes, the second-most by a Husker in 2018. Ochoa led the team with eight assists, which tied for the most assists by an individual in the Big Ten with Minnesota's Molly Fiedler. Ochoa, who added one goal during the season, ranked third on the team in points (10). She produced a three-point effort in the come-from-behind win over Oklahoma in the season opener on Aug. 16. Ochoa assisted the game-tying goal in the 87th minute before her bending free kick in the 88th minute found the back of the net for the game winner. She added assists against Oregon State (Aug. 26) and No. 13 NC State (Sept. 9) before tallying five assists during conference play. Ochoa took 10 shots during the season, six of which were shots on goal. NU went 9-7-5 overall and tied for fifth in the Big Ten with a 5-3-3 mark.

2017 (Sophomore)

Ochoa, who started all 19 games, led the Huskers with six assists. She amassed 1,697 of a possible 1,848 minutes, taking 16 shots (seven shots on goal). Ochoa had one assist in three of Nebraska's first four games of the season, helping the Huskers outscore those four opponents by a combined margin of 12-1. She recorded two game-winning assists, which came against South Dakota (Aug. 25) and Michigan State (Sept. 29). Ochoa also tallied one assist against both Pittsburgh (Sept. 10) and Purdue (Oct. 12).

2016 (Freshman)

Ochoa had a breakout freshman campaign, making 11 starts and playing in 20 games. Ochoa scored two goals, both of which were game-winners, and earned Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors on Sept. 6. In the fourth game of the season, Ochoa scored her first career goal in the 101st minute to defeat Oregon State on Aug. 28. In the subsequent game, Ochoa scored in the 110th minute to top Kansas on Sept. 2. She managed 15 shots on the season, three of which were on goal, in 1,131 minutes of action. Ochoa played in each of the first 17 games of the season before sitting out the last two games of the regular season, but appeared in all three postseason games for the Huskers. NU posted an 11-6-5 record overall in 2016.

High School

Ochoa played a key role for Millard West in winning the Class A state title in 2013 and 2015. The Wildcats also advanced to the semifinals in 2014 and 2016. Ochoa scored 35 goals and tallied 25 assists during her career, earning Nebraska Gatorade Player-of-the-Year honors in 2016. She was named captain of the All-Nebraska first team and the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State first team in 2016. In 2015, she earned All-Nebraska first-team honors and Lincoln Journal Star Girls Super-State first-team accolades. She was honorable-mention all-state in 2013 and 2014. A three-time Millard West Outstanding Student Award winner, Ochoa was also named to the NCPA academic all-state team.

Other Information

Ochoa helped Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon win the 2015 State Cup title under Coach Marcus Kelcher. Ochoa was also a part of State Cup champions from 2011 to 2014. Her team won the 2016 Region II Championship as well.

Personal Information

Brenna is the daughter of John and Teri Ochoa, and was born on Sept. 6, 1998. Brenna has two brothers, Clay and Colin. An accounting major, Brenna was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018) and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. She is a six-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection.

Ochoa on Nebraska
“I chose Nebraska because I know that the coaches will provide me with an opportunity to become the best player that I can be at the collegiate level. The girls on this team push each other on the field and they have a special bond off the field that I can't wait to be a part of. The University is also close enough to home so that I can visit my friends and family in Omaha.”