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COLUMBUS, OhioCassie Dickerson, the 2010 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and member of the Big Ten champion Ohio State women’s soccer team, was recently called up to participate in training camp with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Jan. 9-16 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Dickerson was one of 24 players called up by head coach Bill Irwin and is the second Buckeye to be a part of a U.S. U-23 National Team camp after Ashley Bowyer in 2009.

A 2010 NSCAA first team All-American, Dickerson started all 24 games for the Buckeyes, anchoring a defense that recorded 12 shutouts after 13 in 2009. After battling back from multiple knee injuries, the three-time captain helped lead the Buckeyes to a 31-8-4 record over the last two seasons in games she started. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native was named first team All-Big Ten and Great Lakes Region each of the last two seasons and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer.

Ohio State finished the season with a 17-5-2 record, tallying the second-most wins in program history and reaching the College Cup for the first time. The Buckeyes were ranked fourth in the final NSCAA rankings, the highest mark in program history.