Oct. 24, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s soccer program celebrated 20 years with its alumni last weekend in Columbus. After a banquet Friday, alumni were honored prior to the Ohio State-Iowa football game Saturday and played an alumni game Sunday morning before the current Buckeyes’ 6-1 win over Northwestern.

“The alumni reunion was an amazing weekend, bringing the players of old and new together to celebrate the excellence and tradition of the Ohio State women’s soccer program,” Ashley Bowyer (2006-09) said. “It was a cherished opportunity to meet and reconnect with fellow players who shared the unique experience of being part of the program. I enjoyed every second being back on campus of The Ohio State University.”

Since the program’s first season in 1993, the Buckeyes have advanced to eight NCAA Tournaments, won three Big Ten Tournament championships and a Big Ten regular-season championship in 2010 en route to the program’s first College Cup. Ohio State players have earned eight NSCAA All-America honors, 21 first team All-Big Ten selections and 13 NSCAA Scholar All-Americans.

“Having the program’s 20 years of history all gathered in one room last Friday night was a special experience,” Kendyl Reed (2009-12) said. “Being one of the ‘most-recently-graduated’ alumni, it was cool to see all the women who have contributed to what the program is today, and be able to associate myself with such an elite group. My favorite part of the weekend was probably the scrimmage Sunday morning. Being out on the field again with girls I won a Big Ten Championship with and went to the Final Four with was exciting, and it brought back all the memories we shared.

“We all have different stories from playing for the program,” Reed added. “However, a similarity has created a family-like bond between us: our teammates are those who we won, lost, battled, celebrated, laughed and cried with, and no length of time apart can change that. This past weekend surely showed, how firm thy friendship…OHIO.”