Kealia Ohai

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Kealia Ohai
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Ohai in starting lineup for Houston Dash, July 2014
Personal information
Full nameKealia Mae Ohai
Date of birth (1992-01-31) January 31, 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Draper, Utah, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
Houston Dash
Number 7
Youth career
2000–2010 Avalanche Soccer Club
2006–2010 Alta High School
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010–2013 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2014– Houston Dash 91 (26)
National team
2010 United States U-17
2009–2012 United States U-20 24 (8)
2013 United States U-23 2 (0)
2016– United States 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 18 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2017

Kealia Mae Ohai ( /kˈlə/ kay-LEE; born January 31, 1992) is an American soccer player. She captains the Houston Dash and is a member of the United States women's national soccer team. She scored the single winning goal in the final match of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; the only goal Germany conceded in the entire tournament. After a breakthrough in the second half of the 2016 National Women's Soccer League season where she scored 11 goals in 10 games, Ohai earned her first call up for the United States Women's National Soccer Team.

Womens association football association football when played by women

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Houston Dash professional womens soccer team based in Houston, Texas

The Houston Dash is a professional women's soccer team based in Houston, Texas. They joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the 2014 season.

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Early life

Ohai was born to Ben and Cindy Ohai and raised in Draper, Utah. Her sister, Megan, is a former youth national team member who played soccer at USC where she won the 2007 NCAA championship. [1] Her father, who is Hawaiian, named her after Kealia Beach on the island of Kauai. [2]

Draper, Utah City in Utah, United States

Draper is a city in Salt Lake and Utah counties in the U.S. state of Utah, located about 20 miles (32 km) south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 42,274, having grown from 7,143 in 1990. The current population is estimated to be approximately 47,710.

Native Hawaiians ethnic group

Native Hawaiians are the Aboriginal Polynesian people of the Hawaiian Islands or their descendants. Native Hawaiians trace their ancestry back to the original Polynesian settlers of Hawaiʻi. In total, 527,000 Americans consider themselves Native Hawaiian.

Kauai Island of the Hawaiian Island Chain

Kauaʻi, anglicized as Kauai, is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 562.3 square miles (1,456.4 km2), it is the fourth-largest of these islands and the 21st largest island in the United States. Known also as the "Garden Isle", Kauaʻi lies 105 miles (169 km) across the Kauaʻi Channel, northwest of Oʻahu. This island is the site of Waimea Canyon State Park.

Ohai, who graduated from Alta High School in June 2010, was a four-year varsity soccer player at the school. [3] She led the team to four straight state soccer championships from 2006-2009. She was a two-time Gatorade state player of the year, three-time first-team high school All-America, three-time All-State selection, three-time 5A soccer MVP, and the 2010 NSCAA National High School Player of the year. [3] [4] In June 2010, she earned Parade All-American honors. [5]

Alta High School (Utah)

Alta High School is a secondary school in Sandy, Utah, United States which services students from the cities of Sandy and Draper. Founded in 1978, it is part of the Canyons School District.

As a youth, Ohai also played club soccer for the Utah Avalanche. With the team, she won four state titles. [6]

North Carolina Tar Heels, 2010-2013

A four-year starter with the Tar Heels from 2010 to 2013, Ohai was a member of the 2012 championship-winning team. [7] [8] She was named the tournament's most outstanding offensive player after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime in the semi-final [9] [10] and the first goal of the final in the second minute of the match. [7] [11]

NCAA Division I Womens Soccer Championship

The NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, sometimes known as the Women's College Cup, is an American college soccer tournament conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and determines the Division I women's national champion.

Following her freshman year playing for the Tar Heels, Ohai was named to the First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and ACC All-Freshman Team. She led the team in scoring with 14 goals and started 22 of the team's 24 games. [6] During her sophomore year, she started in all 20 games in which she played. She scored six goals, including a team high of 3 game-winning goals and served six assists. [3] [6] In her third year with the Tar Heels, Ohai led the team in points (23) and goals (9). [3]

Club career

Houston Dash, 2014–present

July 26, 2014; Julie Johnston and Kealia Ohai in Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash 2014-07-26 JulieJohnston KealiaOhai.JPG
July 26, 2014; Julie Johnston and Kealia Ohai in Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash

Ohai was selected as the second overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft by the Houston Dash as the expansion team's very first college draft pick. [12] [13] Of her draft selection, Dash head coach Randy Waldrum said, "I couldn't have asked for things to fall into place so well. It was an amazing day for the Dash. Starting with the selection of Kealia Ohai, we got one of the nation’s best forwards. She has great pace, is extremely athletic, and can really stretch defenses with her speed." [14]

She became the club's captain midway through the 2016 season, which coincided with a scoring streak which saw her net 11 goals in 10 games. Ohai was named NWSL Player of the Week for weeks 15 and 17. [15] She finished the season tied with Lynn Williams for the golden boot, Williams was given the award as she had more assists. [16] Ohai was named to the 2016 NWSL Best XI. [17]

In 2017, Ohai scored two goals in 10 games before tearing her ACL on June 24th in a game against the Orlando Pride. This injury would force her to miss the remainder of the 2017 season. [18]

Ohai returned to the field on April 22, 2018 against the Orlando Pride. In 2018 she appeared in 19 games and scored 5 goals. [19]

International career

Ohai (7) with the U.S. team at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan, 2012. FIFA U20 WIMEN'S WORLD CUP JAPAN 2012 6.JPG
Ohai (7) with the U.S. team at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan, 2012.

A member of the U.S. youth national programs from the age of 13, [2] Ohai has played with the under-15, under-17, under-18, under-20, and the under-23 teams. [20] [21] As a member of the 2012 US U-20 Women's National Team, she won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and scored the game-winning goal in the 44th minute of the final to lead the U.S. to victory over Germany. [22] [23] [24]

Ohai made her international debut for the senior team on October 23, 2016 against Switzerland in a friendly match in Minneapolis. She scored 48 seconds after entering the match as a substitute in the 81st minute, setting a record for the fastest goal in a US women's national team debut. [25]

Ohai received a call-up in July 2018 to the United States Women's National Team training camp for the 2018 Tournament of Nations, this marked her first call-up since injuring her knee in 2017. She did not make the final roster for the tournament. [26]

Personal life

Ohai's brother-in-law is the former NFL player Brian Cushing. [27] [28] Ohai is legally blind in her right eye. [29]

In October 2016, Ohai confirmed that she is in a relationship with football player JJ Watt. [30] [31]

Honors

College

University of North Carolina

International

See also

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