July 27, 2020

Nichelle Prince Wins NWSL Challenge Cup with Houston Dash


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Buckeye Nichelle Prince and her Houston Dash squad capped off an incredible run to win the NWSL Challenge Cup Sunday afternoon at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The Dash picked up a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars in the championship match to finish off their first championship in club history.

After appearing in three matches off the bench as the Dash went 1-2-1 in the preliminary round of the tournament, the Ajax, Ontario, native had a significant impact on the Houston attack in the knockout stage. Prince started and played 71 minutes as Houston advanced on penalty kicks against Utah Royals FC July 17 before playing 89 minutes in a 1-0 win over the Portland Thorns July 22. She then went on to play another 87 minutes in the Dash’s 2-0 win over the Red Stars in the championship game.

Selected by the Dash with the 28th pick of the 2017 NWSL Draft, Prince has appeared in 53 career matches for Houston after leaving Ohio State fourth on the Buckeyes’ career assist list with 20, sixth with 74 career points and tied for eighth with 27 career goals. At the international level, Prince has totaled 11 goals and 10 assists in 59 contests for the Canadian national team. A 2017 Ohio State graduate, Prince helped Canada to a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and was part of the 2019 FIFA World Cup squad, scoring her first World Cup goal in a 2-0 victory over New Zealand.