January 12, 2023

Kayla Fischer Selected 16th Overall in NWSL Draft


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State forward and two-time captain Kayla Fischer was selected 16th overall by Racing Louisville FC in the 2023 NWSL Draft on Thursday night.

The Kent, Ohio native is the fourth Buckeye selected in the NWSL draft, and the second in the second round. She joins Lindsay Agnew (2nd Round in 2016), Nichelle Prince (3rd Round in 2016) and Izzy Rodriguez (4th Round in 2021)

Fischer appeared in 84 matches for the Buckeyes over the last five seasons, making 79 starts. Her 28 goals are eighth-most in school history while her 20 assists rank fifth and her 304 shot attempts are second-most all-time. The three-time All-Big Ten honoree is just the fourth Buckeye to earn United Soccer Coaches All-Region honors three times.

This season, Fischer was second on the team with eight goals, three assists and 19 points. She had a remarkable stretch of seven goals in five matches, scoring at least one goal in all five matches. It culminated with her first-career hat trick in the 6-1 win at Illinois on Oct. 16.

Fischer was part of 41 victories in her career. The program has made a total of 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and Fischer’s been on the field for a quarter of them, helping the team to four appearances in 2018, 2021 spring, 2021 fall and in 2022.

She earned her degree in biology in the spring of 2022 and is in her first year in the nurse practitioner program at Ohio State.