February 6, 2023

Nichelle Prince – Two-time Olympic Medalist


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Ohio State standout Nichelle Prince has been one of the program’s most decorated players on the professional and international level. The Canadian native is a two-time Olympic medalist and has played parts of six seasons in the NWSL.

Prince played for the Buckeyes from 2013-16, recording 27 goals and 20 assists in 72 career games. She ranks in the Top 10 in program history in career goals (eighth), career assists (fifth) and career points (sixth). She was also an All-Region honoree in 2015 as well as a two-time All-Big Ten and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

She then became the first women’s soccer Buckeye to compete in the Olympics as she was part of Canada’s bronze medal performance in 2016 in Rio. She made her first appearance in Canada’s 3-1 win over Zimbabwe and then played 21 minutes in a 2-1 win over Germany. After a loss in the semifinals, Canada topped host Brazil, 2-1, in the third-place game to earn the bronze medal.

In the 2020 games in Tokyo, the Buckeye forward started every match throughout Canada’s gold medal Olympic run, and though she did not score a goal herself, she was the focal point of Canada’s offense and played a part in many goals Canada scored throughout the tournament. Over her career with the senior national team, Prince has recorded 12 goals, including a hat trick in 2016 Olympic qualifying vs. Guatemala.

After graduation from Ohio State, Prince was selected by the Houston Dash with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League Draft. She has played her entire career in Houston, making 100 appearances with 86 starts. She has 14 career goals and 10 assists. Prince was reunited with fellow Buckeye Devon Kerr in 2019 in Houston and again in 2023.