May 22, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University soccer team has made an offseason addition to its roster, the program announced on Wednesday. Carly Manso, a midfielder from Colorado University, will be donning Ohio's Green and White in advance of the 2013 season.
"Carly is a hard-working, gritty type player that is going to be fit and going to be able to come in and add some depth to our midfield," said head coach Aaron Rodgers. "I think she'll be able to push for a starting spot in the midfield and can add some athleticism to our program."
Manso played one season for Vernon Hills High School, earning all-conference, all-sectional, and Rookie of the Year honors during the Cougars' 10-0 run through conference play. She was rated as the No. 12 player in the Midwest Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Carly played for seven years with Chicago's Eclipse Select club team, an organization which was ranked the No. 2 girls' soccer club in the country from 2009-11 by Soccer America. Eclipse Select won the Elite Club National League championship in 2011.
Manso is also from the same hometown and high school as rising junior goalkeeper Nicole Amari.
"Carly comes from the nationally-known Eclipse Soccer Club, for which both Maggie Murnane and Nicole Amari played," Rodgers said. "She's going to come into a team where she already has a few familiar faces."
Ohio opens the 2013 season with an exhibition match at UNC Greensboro on Aug. 15. The Bobcats will then commence the regular season with three straight home matches beginning Aug. 23 vs. Indiana.
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