COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team has added two new members to its 2016 roster, head coach Lori Walker announced Monday. In addition to Bryce Watts, a transfer from Florida who came to Columbus in January, Emma Firenze and Marike St. Pierre Mousset have joined the Buckeyes.
"The goal was to make our 2016 class even stronger," Chris McLain, Ohio State associate head coach, said. "We snagged an early bonus by acquiring the likes of Bryce Watts, a dangerous goal-scorer from University of Florida. We knew there were other players out there looking for an opportunity to showcase what they can bring to the table. Our staff didn't just strike gold once, but we're lucky enough to have struck it twice. We are excited to announce that we have added two tremendous players with a ton of international and collegiate experience in Marike St. Pierre Mousset, who will be representing Canada in the U-20 World Cup this fall, and Emma Firenze, a technical playmaker from Syracuse who has a wealth of experience in the ACC."
Firenze, a transfer from Syracuse, played in 25 matches, including eight starts over the last two seasons. A midfielder from Baldwinsville, N.Y., Firenze scored her first-career goal as a sophomore last season against N.C. State. Firenze is a three-time member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll at Syracuse.
Mousset is a Canadian U-20 national team member who made her debut with the Canadian youth program in 2014. A native of Montreal, Mousset appeared in four matches for Canada at the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in December, starting three matches and appearing in another off the bench as Canada posted a 2-1-1 record to win silver. The defender has been added to Canada's U-20 Women's World Cup roster pool for Papua New Guinea in November.
The Buckeyes open their 2016 campaign against Kent State at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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