May 17, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In 16 years under head coach Lori Walker, the Ohio State women’s soccer program has continued to reach new heights on the field, advancing to eight NCAA Tournaments and five in the last six seasons, but the program continues to excel off the pitch as evidenced by the success seen by the 2012 senior class.

The group of Tiffany Cameron, Lauren Granberg, Jessie Greenberg, Kendyl Reed and Aly Walker, which reached four NCAA Tournaments, racked up 59 career victories, the most of any Ohio State senior class, and graduated May 5 in Ohio Stadium, also has done the work necessary to ensure that they will be successful long after their Buckeye careers are over.

Cameron, a 2012 NSCAA second team All-American and two-time first team All-Big Ten selection, leaves Ohio State as the Buckeyes’ all-time leading goal scorer with 40 and tallied 96 career points, also the most in school history. Cameron, who signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League, earned her first three caps with the Canadian National Team in January in China.  The Mississauga, Ontario, native, and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection will continue to play professional soccer but would also like to be involved in a Nike commercial advertising and writing lyrics for famous artists in the near future.

“The Ohio State University has prepared me to succeed both on and off the field and I am excited to take another stepping stone toward a new chapter in my life,” Cameron said. “Now that one of my dreams has become a reality, I will honor each moment on the field as if it were my last time playing in the Jesse because moments and memories like those will last a lifetime.”

Granberg, a finance major, led the Buckeyes with nine assists while adding eight goals in 2012 after garnering Academic All-Big Ten honors three times in her career. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Granberg will take the summer off to enjoy some traveling but will be taking a finance job at Canadian Western Bank in the late summer with the hopes of eventually opening her own business with her father.

“Reality has finally set in that my time here at The Ohio State University has come to an end, and I am resistant to leave my closest friends, family and second home behind,” Granberg said. “My emotions swell up with excitement for the next chapter in my life, but also sadness for how quickly time has passed. With that being said, my heart is content in knowing that the memories and relationships I have built along the way will be forever ingrained and never forgotten.”

Greenberg, another three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, has already begun her career working as a government services legislative intern at Barnes & Thornburg and will be attending law school in the fall in Columbus.

Reed, who started every match and was named second team All-Big Ten as a senior, has already started her studies to become a certified public accountant with the hopes of passing all four sections of the CPA exam in the next three months before she starts her full-time job working in the auditing department for Deloitte in downtown Columbus.

“It’s scary to think about how fast four years have flown by, but in this seemingly-short period of time, so much transformation has occurred within me and I’m eager to start my career and see if all my hard work will pay off,” Reed said. “However, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly nervous to start this new chapter of my life – being out in what people refer to as the real world. I do believe that Columbus is a great city for me to start my career, and I’m glad I will still have the comfort of being around my family.”

Walker, who also started every match as a senior, will be in Columbus one more year as she earns her master’s degree in education. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native shares many of the same sentiments as the rest of the 2012 Buckeye seniors.

“I honestly can’t believe that we’ve already graduated but I couldn’t have asked for a better group of seniors to share the past four years with,” Walker said. “We were blessed with an amazing four years and I definitely wouldn’t change it for the world. I am very grateful for the friendships that I’ve made and can’t wait to see where each of our lives leads us.”

With the achievements that continue to be churned out by those who have been a part of the program, Ohio State women’s soccer looks to be in good shape to maintain its pattern of excellence both on the field and in life after it.