Former Ohio State Soccer Player Nichelle Prince Scores First Women's World Cup Goal, Adds Assist in Canada's 2-0 Victory over New Zealand

By Dan Hope on June 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm

Nichelle Prince had a big day at the Women's World Cup on Saturday.

The former Ohio State soccer player scored her first-ever World Cup goal, which you can see in the video above, and also had an assist in Canada's 2-0 win over New Zealand.

Prince set up Canada's first goal of the game with a run and a pass to Jessie Fleming, who finished the pass with a shot into the net to put the Canadian team on the board first early in the second half.

Prince knocked in a shot off an unsuccessful header by Christine Sinclair to put Canada up 2-0 in the 78th minute, effectively putting the game away, for her first goal in just her second Women's World Cup game.

The former Ohio State forward nearly had another goal just a few minutes earlier, but a spectacular save by New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler made Prince wait a few minutes longer to find the back of the net.

With Saturday's win, its second in two games, Canada clinched a berth in the 16-team knockout stage of the tournament.

A native of Ontario, Prince played for Ohio State from 2013-16 and is one of the Buckeyes' most productive players ever, ranking fifth in school history in assists (20), sixth in points (74) and tied for eighth in goals (27).

Lindsey Agnew, who played alongside Prince at Ohio State, is also playing for Canada in this year's Women's World Cup, while a third former Buckeye, Tiffany Cameron, is playing in the tournament with Jamaica.

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