COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Three former members of the Ohio State women’s soccer team and current members of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash each took time out of their schedules to make the 90-minute trip northwest to College Station to watch the Buckeyes take on the Aggies Friday night at Ellis Field.
Lindsay Agnew, Devon Kerr and Nichelle Prince each took time to reflect on their years as Ohio State student-athletes and their different journeys to competing professionally in Houston. The three, who have known each other since their mid-teens, overlapped in Columbus for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the junior and senior seasons of Agnew and Prince and the freshman and sophomore campaigns for Kerr, as the Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Tournament both years. Now, three years later, they’re on the same side again in the Lone Star State.
Agnew and Prince, who both appeared in the 2019 Women’s World Cup for Canada, were each selected in the 2016 NWSL Draft. Agnew, who was a second-round pick by the Washington Spirit, then rejoined Prince, who was a third-round selection by Houston, when she was traded to the Dash prior to the 2018 campaign. Then came Kerr, the 2018 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, who signed with Houston in April.
We checked in with the three on everything from Agnew and Prince’s World Cup experience to Kerr’s adjustment to the pro game.
What’s it like to have all three of you on the same team?
Prince: It’s really cool. We’re the only three Ohio State athletes in the league so it’s great to have all of us on the same team. We trust in each other and kind of grew up together so it’s nice having that comfort and that kind of friendship.
Kerr: Coming in, we all had different stories on how we got to the Houston Dash organization. It’s really cool to all end up in the same place. Going through the same college experience and continuing that in Houston as we’ve gotten older has been great.
How has the transition been since returning from the World Cup and how is Devon’s first year in the league?
Agnew: The World Cup was an awesome experience but it’s been nice getting right back into the swing of things. It’s been good to get focused back on the professional game. Obviously, having Nichelle on the team along with two other Canadians on the Dash has been really good to navigate getting back to professional soccer.
Kerr: Being a rookie in the league is a cool and eye-opening experience. It’s a lot different from college soccer. The pace of play is much faster and that has taken some time to get used to. Houston is a great city, I love the coaching staff and the team has been very welcoming. It’s been a great first year so far.
How has the Ohio State women’s soccer program and University helped you get to where you are today?
Prince: My four years at Ohio State were such an important part of my soccer career. I learned so much and it’s been fantastic to be a part of this program. Being a member of such a tight-knit team is something that will always stick with me. It made me have more passion for the game of soccer and I’m so proud to be among such a great group of young women. Once you’re a Buckeye, you’re always a Buckeye.
Kerr: Being part of Ohio State soccer really shaped who I am today and helped prepare me for the professional environment. Coming back here in just my first year out has been pretty surreal. It’s a little emotional because I am so fresh out of college but it’s awesome to be back to see so many teammates. The tools that the Ohio State coaching staff provided me and everybody on the team help shape who you develop into after college and I’m really grateful for that.
Agnew: Ohio State women’s soccer has given us so much. Throughout my entire career there, we were always striving for excellence and to be the best you can be on the field and in life. I think that’s something that has really helped me professionally. This program has such a great alumni base. Just driving up here (to College Station), we shared so many fun memories of Ohio State and listened to all of the songs that bring you back. You can’t replace those memories and I’m really honored to be a part of the Buckeye family. As you can see, Buckeye fans always travel well and it’s something that always will be fun to be a part of.