Stephanie Ochs

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Stephanie Ochs
Stephanie Ochs.jpg
Ochs playing for Washington Spirit, 2013
Personal information
Full name Stephanie Elise Ochs
Date of birth (1990-08-29) August 29, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender / Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 San Diego Toreros
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Washington Spirit 22 (1)
2013–2015 Canberra United 26 (9)
2014–2017 Houston Dash 38 (0)
2016–2017 Canberra United 13 (3)
2017 North Carolina Courage 6 (0)
National team
2011–2013 United States U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 14, 2017

Stephanie Elise Ochs (born August 29, 1990) is an American soccer forward.

Early life

Born in San Diego, California to Carol and David Ochs, Stephanie attended Patrick Henry High School where she played on the varsity soccer team all four years. As a senior, she was named first-team All-CIF, while leading her team to the CIF Semi-finals and an Eastern League championship. She was also named her school's Female Athlete of the Year the same year. Ochs was named first-team All-Eastern League three times and helped lead her team to four consecutive league championships. She was named second-team All-CIF as a junior and earned an All-CIF honorable mention as a freshman. She was named Outstanding forward as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Ochs played for the club team, Surf Soccer and helped lead the team to the Surf Cup Championship in 2006. She was also a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and was a Regional Pool selection in 2005 and 2006 as well as a State Team member during the same years. In 2006, she was an ODP Region 4 champion and an OPD National champion. In 2007, she was an ODP Region 4 champion and an ODP national finalist.[1]

University of San Diego, 2008–2012

Ochs attended the University of San Diego where she played for the Toreros from 2008–2012. As a freshman, she played in all 22 matches with 13 starts, scored three goals and tallied two assists for eight points. She earned an All-WCC honorable mention and was named to the All-WCC Freshman team. Ochs helped the team receive a national ranking as high as number 11 and helped the team advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She scored two game-winning goals against Iowa and San Francisco and tallied two assists in a win against Idaho State). During her sophomore year, Ochs played and started in all 21 matches of the season. She was named first-team All-WCC, second-team All-NSCAA and helped the team finish second in the prestigious West Coast Conference to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. She notched a total of six goals and eight assists for the team high of 20 points. As a junior in 2010, Ochs played and started in all 21 matches. She was named first-team All-WCC and led the team with a career-high eight goals. She added in seven assists for a team-best of 23 points and helped the Toreros earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Both her junior and senior years she was named USD Torero Female Athlete of the Year. Her senior year she was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year.[1]

Club career

Boston Breakers

Ochs battles for the ball against Kiersten Dallstream of the Seattle Reign FC at Starfire Stadium on May 16, 2013

Ochs was selected first round, third pick of the 2012 WPS College Draft by the Boston Breakers in January 2012. However, two weeks later, the WPS league folded before play could commence for the 2012 season.[2][3]

Western NY Flash

Ochs played for the WPSL Elite, 2012 season, for Western NY Flash, that went on to win its third Championship season.

Washington Spirit

Ochs was selected in the first round (first overall) of the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft by the Washington Spirit for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.[4][5]

Canberra United

In September 2013, ahead of the upcoming season, Ochs signed for Canberra United in Australia. Ochs signed for a second season with Canberra United in 2014. [6]

Houston Dash

In January 2014, the Washington Spirit traded Ochs to the newly formed NWSL expansion team, Houston Dash for Danesha Adams. This reunited Ochs with coach Randy Waldrum from U23 WNT.

Ochs re-signed with the Houston Dash for a second season in 2015. However, in the third game of the season vs. Boston Breakers at Soldier's Field in Boston on April 26, 2015, Ochs suffered a right knee injury in the 19th minute of the game, which later went on to be diagnosed as an ACL tear. She will be out of play for the remainder of the season as she rehabs.

Ochs came back from her ACL injury fully rehabbed and signed with Houston Dash for the 2016 season.

Ochs re-signed with Houston Dash for the 2017 season. On April 18, Ochs was waived by the Houston Dash.[7]

North Carolina Courage

On June 16, 2017, the North Carolina Courage announced their signing of Ochs, two weeks after starting Courage defender Yuri Kawamura suffered a torn ACL and was placed on the season-ending injury list.[8][9]

Following the 2017 season, the Courage placed Ochs on the Re-Entry Wire. She was not claimed by another team.[10]

International career

Ochs was a member of the United States under-23 women's national soccer team that won the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain in 2013.[11] In 2013, she was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, she played the tournament in the position of forward.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "Stephanie Ochs player profile". University of San Diego. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sydney Leroux picked by Beat". ESPN. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Women's Professional Soccer folds". ESPN. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "Results: Ochs taken first in NWSL Supplemental Draft". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "NWSL preview: Team-by-team outlooks". ESPN. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  6. ^ Gibbs, Russ (September 10, 2013). "United snap up US star Stephanie Ochs". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  7. ^ "Houston Dash acquire forward Stephanie Ochs from Washington Spirit". Houston Dynamo. January 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Balf, Celia (June 16, 2017). "The North Carolina Courage acquire defender Stephanie Ochs before Saturday's match". Excelle Sports. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  9. ^ Balf, Celia (June 2, 2017). "NC Courage defender Yuri Kawamura suffers ACL and meniscus tear". Excelle Sports. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "NWSL names eight players on the Re-Entry Wire". October 24, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ochs and the U23 National Team Defeats Sweden in First Match of Four Nations Tournament". University of San Diego. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  12. ^ "Spirit bound trio thrives with U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team". Washington Spirit. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  13. ^ "U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats England 2–1 To Win Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain". US Soccer. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.

External links

  • North Carolina Courage player profile
  • Houston Dash player profile
  • Washington Spirit player profile
  • San Diego player profile
  • US Soccer player profile
  • Stephanie Ochs on Twitter
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