Canada’s Nkem Ezurike selected in first round of NWSL College Draft

Nova Scotia’s Nkem Ezurike had a senior year for the ages, left a mark on the University of Michigan and turned heads across North America. It’s no surprise the 2013 Mac Hermann Trophy semifinalist was selected in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, picked by the Boston Breakers at 8th overall.

With her college career now in the books, the striker leaves Michigan as program leader in both goals (49) and points (118). The 2013 captain was named to the NSCAA All-American First Team, NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, All-Big Ten First Team and the Academic All-Big Ten. She also started in all of Michigan’s 23 matches.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to play in the NWSL,” Ezurike told BostonBreakersSoccer.com. “It’s a big step up from the college level and I’m excited to see how it is.”

Nkem Ezurike/Photo by Canada Soccer

Nkem Ezurike/Photo by Canada Soccer

She’ll now step onto the pro scene and Boston believes she can make an immediate impact. “We think she can come in and contribute right away,” Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said at the draft. “She has a great physical presence.”

Ezurike’s selection certainly speaks to the belief Boston has in her. She now takes up one of their international roster spots.

She also joins two allocated Canadian players: Chelsea Stewart and Kaylyn Kyle. Stewart also just wrapped up her college stint with the 2013 NCAA champion UCLA Bruins.

On the Canadian front, Ezurike is currently attending residency camp until January 25th. This is a good chance for national head coach John Herdman to have a look at her skill set.

Keep in mind, Ezurike has plenty of experience on the international scene. She was a member of the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup squad in Japan and won silver at the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Ezurike has scored five times as a member of Canada’s youth teams.


About the author:
Sandra Prusina is a journalist and broadcaster based out of Calgary, Canada. She has covered women’s soccer since 2010. She’s also a segment reporter for Olympic Broadcast Services, traveling to Vancouver, London and Sochi to work for the host broadcaster.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Canada’s Nkem Ezurike selected in first round of NWSL College Draft

  1. Nkem tends to polarize opinion. Some people watching her at the U-20s thought she was too slow and was seldom involved in the play. I think the offense needs to be structured to take advantage of her strengths.

    • Well said. The college game, especially the way Michigan played, worked to her strong points. I think her finishing is solid. It’s possible she could find a specific role/niche with the national squad.

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