10 in 10 With Steph Ochs

Jul 5, 2017

We’re back with our 5 in 5 series, where we ask your favorite North Carolina Courage players five questions in five minutes, plus it only takes you five minutes to read! This week, we are introducing our recent roster addition Steph Ochs with a special edition of 5 in 5. Since she's new to the NCFC Fam, we've decided to get to know her with a 10 in 10!

Ochs was the number one overall selection in the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft by the Washington Spirit after a four year career at the University of San Diego. She also spent time with the Houston Dash and Canberra United of Australia before signing with the NC Courage in April 2017. Ochs has made one appearance for the Courage so far this season.

1. Why did you decide to sign with the NC Courage?

“I think initially I shied away from them [NC Courage] because they were in first place and I was like, “Oh they don’t need anyone." When I took the chance and came here, I really enjoyed it. I really like Paul [Riley]. I think he’s a great coach. Honestly, the group is so cool. Everyone is so nice and it’s such a good team environment."

2. What do you hope to contribute to this team?

“I’ve played a couple positions in my career so I think I can provide versatility and depth in various areas. I think he [Coach Riley] wants me in a more defensive role so I’m just focusing on that.” 

3. If you had to choose which side of the ball you like to play more, would you prefer defender or forward and why?

“Probably a forward. I’ve just played it my whole life. I think forward is more fun and creative but I still like being a defender too."

4. What got you started in sports?

“Initially, my parents just wanted me to find a sport, and I ended up watching the 1999 World Cup. I saw them [USWNT] play and I thought it looked like so much fun. So I literally started that way, and I fell in love with it.”

5. Who was your biggest childhood hero?

“My parents. They were super hard working and blue collar. I think that work ethic has passed on to me and really inspired me."

6. What’s your best sports memory to date?

“One of my best was in Australia when we won the W league. I scored in the final, and it was amazing. No one thought we were going to win, but we did so it was cool.”

7. What do you like to do when you aren’t playing soccer?

“I like to read a lot. I’m definitely a nerd. I love going to the beach and just hanging out. I grew up by the beach so that’s my go to.”

8. How has your time in the NWSL and Australia changed you as a player?

“I’ve just become comfortable and confident as a player. When I was younger I had a lot of different things I was good at but I don’t think I found my comfort and confidence in playing. I think over time being in different situations and countries, I’ve found so much more of that. When you have that comfort and confidence you can play to your full potential.

9. East coast vs. West coast?

“West coast all day long! I’m so biased because I love the west coast. I think the big difference is that everyone is so laid back and it’s just a different style of life. Everyone is a beach bum and just super chill. It’s just a nice way to live to not being stressed all the time. Plus I love Mexican food."

10. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“I love travelling. In the offseason, I’m supposed to go to Thailand, and that’s a place I’ve always wanted to go. I really enjoy the culture and want to learn more about it. I think the people will be amazing, the food, the beaches, and there’s just so many things I think I’m going to love.”

Ochs and the first-place NC Courage will be back in action this Saturday, July 8th at 7:30 pm as they return to Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park to take on the Seattle Reign for the first time this season. Click here to purchase your tickets, or call the box office at 919-459-8144.

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