COLUMBUS, Ohio – Olivia Soares, a 2020 senior on the women’s ice hockey team, has been awarded the athletic department’s Woody & Anne Hayes Award as she prepares to continue her education in Ohio State’s master’s of sport management program.
Five Buckeyes were selected for the Woody and Anne Hayes Award – women’s gymnast Nevin Adamski, Andi Farrah of the softball team, Gordi Myer from the men’s hockey team, Olivia Soares from the women’s hockey team and cheerleader Maria Wisman. The award, established in 1979, provides one or more varsity athletes with financial assistance for postgraduate studies. The recipients of this scholarship are student-athletes who have demonstrated academic achievement (3.00 GPA minimum) and leadership qualities.
Soares graduated with an undergraduate degree in sport industry. She was an OSU Scholar-Athlete, a Academic All-Big Ten honoree, as well as a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Scholar-Athlete and a WCHA All-Academic Team member. Soares led the Buckeyes as the co-captain for the 2019-20 season to their first WCHA Championship title in program history. She also served as the team’s alternate captain for the 2018-19 season, the year after the Scarlet and Gray made its first appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four. Soares was a four-time women’s ice hockey varsity letter winner.