COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eleanor Gabriel, who ranked second on the Ohio State women’s soccer team with seven goals and 17 points in last fall, has been granted an additional year of eligibility, head coach Lori Walker-Hock announced Wednesday. A native of Louisville, Ky., Gabriel graduated in December with a degree in biology and pursuing a second undergraduate degree in psychology.
“We are really excited about Eleanor returning next year,” Walker-Hock said. “She graduated high school early, probably was too young, and has really found herself in this last season. Eleanor stepped up in a leadership role as well as finding herself on the field. She provides a great change of pace, an ability to get to the end line and to score some goals. Watching her play with a level of freedom and confidence compared to when she first arrived her has been an amazing experience to be a part of.”
After transferring to Ohio State after a year at Tennessee, Gabriel appeared in four matches off the bench in 2015 before suffering a season-ending injury. Gabriel then played in 10 matches off the bench in 2016 before breaking out this past fall, scoring the seven goals and tallying seven points while starting all 21 contests for the Buckeyes. Gabriel is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.