COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio native Alyssa Baumbick has joined the Ohio State women’s soccer team as a transfer from the University of Florida, head coach Lori Walker announced Friday. A native of Avon Lake, Ohio, Baumbick enrolled in classes last month and will have four years of eligibility remaining.
"Welcoming Alyssa home to be a Buckeye was a no-brainer,” Walker said. “We recruited Alyssa out of high school three years ago but respected her desire to get away to have a different soccer experience. When she contacted us this past December, we were very pleased to have her join us. Alyssa has a soft touch on the ball, world-class vision and a balance of physical traits that have her competing for the 6 position in our midfield. Once Alyssa returns to top fitness and form, she will be a tremendous asset to our midfield. Watching her train in small-sided environments makes me confident she be special in the Big Ten.”
As a freshman at Florida last season, Baumbick played 18 minutes in the Gators’ season-opener against Iowa State but was sidelined for the rest of the year with an injury. Baumbick played her prep soccer at Magnificat High School, scoring 11 goals and adding 10 assists, en route to a state semifinal appearance in 2013.
Baumbick then decided to focus solely on her youth national team and club commitments, attending her first U.S. U-20 camp in 2014 before appearing at four U-19 camps and another U-20 camp in 2015. She also was a member of Internationals SC, where the team reached the 2013-14 ECNL U-17 national finals. Under the direction of Zdravko Popovic and Kerrie Sarver, Baumbick also helped the team to the 2012 USYS Region II championship, advancing to a national championships qualifier, where the team earned bronze. Baumbick was name to the Best XI All-Event team at 2013 ECNL National iD2 training camps and was an ODP Region II team member from 2011 to 2013.
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