COLUMBUS, Ohio – Arden Holden, a senior on the 2018 Ohio State women’s soccer team, has signed a contract to play professionally with BIIK Kazygurt in Kazakhstan. Holden, who was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes, joins a squad that won the Women’s Football Championship in Kazakhstan and participated in the UEFA Women’s Champions League last season.
“I’m looking forward to playing at a high level,” Holden said. “There’s nothing I love more than playing and to be able to do so professionally is amazing. The fact that my first professional season will include Champions League competition is awesome because it’s something I’ve wanted to be a part of since watching and falling in love with European football. In the long run, I’m going to see how far I can take my career and I’m going to enjoy the process along the way.”
A native of Las Vegas, Holden played in 83 career matches, making 53 starts for the Buckeyes. Holden recorded 11 career assists, including seven in her junior campaign, while scoring one goal, a game-winner in a 1-0 victory over No. 14 Virginia Tech in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, from her midfield spot. Holden also was a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and garnered United Soccer Coaches Third Team Scholar All-North/Central Region honors as a senior.