Updated Thu, May 23, 2013 9:32 am
The Ohio Bobcats soccer team is adding depth to its midfield this coming fall with the addition of Carly Manso. Manso, a redshirt freshman, transferred from Colorado University. Manso played forward at Colorado but is listed as a midfielder according to the Bobcats' roster.
Manso only played one year of high school soccer at Vernon Hills High School where she was awarded all-conference, all-sectional, and rookie of the year honors. Though she only played one year of high school soccer, Manso played for Chicago’s Eclipse Select club team for seven years. The Eclipse were ranked as the No. 2 soccer club in the nation from 2009-2011 according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Manso is joining some familiar faces on the Bobcats roster. She went to the same high school as Ohio’s junior goalkeeper Nicole Amari. While with the Eclipse, Manso played alongside Amari and Ohio redshirt senior midfielder and forward Maggie Murnane.
“It was literally like a family. We are mentally strong and prepared for anything,” Manso said, when asked about her time with the Eclipse by the Vernon Hills Review.
Out of high school Manso was highly recruited for her ability to “attack defenses and create space for open shots,” according to her club coach Rory Dames in an article by the Vernon Hills Review.
According to OhioBobcats.com, Bobcats head coach Aaron Rodgers said that Manso will be able to “push for a starting spot and add some athleticism to our program.”
Rodgers is in his first season as the Bobcats women’s soccer head coach. Last year Ohio finished with an 8-10-1 record after losing five of its final six games. With only four seniors graduating this past spring, Rodgers has most of the team returning back to Athens this fall.
Rodgers and the Bobcats open their season with an exhibition game at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C., on August 15.