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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nichelle Prince, a rising senior on the Ohio State women’s soccer team, has been named to the Canadian Olympic team, Canada Soccer and the Canadian Olympic Committee announced Monday. Prince will become the first Buckeye in Ohio State women’s soccer history to compete in the Olympic Games.
“It’s an exciting moment and something I’ve always dreamt of,” Prince said. “After a long eight months of preparation and hard work, it’s great to see it has paid off by being named to the team. I look forward to representing my country and Ohio State in Rio.”
Canada, which qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship in Texas in February, will face Australia, Zimbabwe, and Germany in Group F of the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament in August.
Prince has made 16 appearances for the Canadian national team, including four starts. The Ajax, Ontario, native has scored six goals and added four assists for her country. Prince played in four of Canada’s five CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying matches, including Canada’s 3-1 Olympic qualification-clinching win over Costa Rica, when she assisted on the Canadians’ final tally. The Ajax, Ontario, native started a pair of matches in the tournament, posting a hat trick while assisting on another goal in a win over Guatemala, and playing 62 minutes in the tournament championship game against the United States.
Prince tied for the Buckeyes’ team lead with six goals and seven assists and helped Ohio State to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance as a junior in 2015. Prince, who has appeared in 53 career games for the Buckeyes, will enter her senior seasons tied for 11th on the Ohio State career goals list with 22 and ninth on the Buckeyes’ career points list with 59.
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