Aug. 20, 2014
CARY, N.C. – With the Swiss Women’s National Team set to take on the United States Wednesday night in Cary, N.C., OhioStateBuckeyes.com had a chance to catch up with former Buckeye Lara Dickenmann prior to her team’s friendly against the top-ranked team in the world.
The Swiss, who have qualified for their first Women’s World Cup at the senior level, will face the United States at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a match streamed on ESPN3.com.
“It’s great being back here in the United States,” Dickenmann said. “I love coming back but the travel is difficult coming from Europe. I definitely still keep in touch with my former teammates and what’s going on with the Ohio State program.”
Dickenmann, who plays club soccer for six-time defending French champion Olympic Lyon, has made 90 appearances for the Swiss National Team, scoring 38 goals. A midfielder, Dickenmann has found the back of the net a team-high 10 times in nine qualifying matches but is looking forward to a good test against the United States.
“It’s unreal to have been the first team in the history of our country to qualify,” Dickenmann added. “We’re really excited but it’s still a long way away. We have a lot of work to do before we get there and this will be a good match to see where we stand.”
Dickenmann, who played at Ohio State from 2004-07, is tops on Ohio State’s career assist list with 35 and third with 89 points. A second team NSCAA All-American and Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004 and a two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection, Dickenmann led the Buckeyes in assists all four seasons and tallied a team-high 13 goals in 2004.
Now a veteran with both her club and national teams, Dickenmann looks back at her time at Ohio State and how it helped get her to where she is now.
“My time at Ohio State really prepared me to get to where I am today,” Dickenmann said. “Especially from a physical standpoint, the conditioning and technical work that we did in college put me a step ahead when I started playing club soccer and with my national team so I have Ohio State to thank for that.”
The draw for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, which will place 24 qualifying teams in six groups, will be held Dec. 6.