Forward Kealia Ohai was taken as the Dash's first draft pick during Friday's NWSL College Draft.
A native of Utah she scored 126 goals while in high school. She played all four years of collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina. She helped lead UNC to a National Championship scoring the goal that got the team past Stanford and into the finals. She scored 11 goals starting every game this season.
Ohai also has experience at the international youth level as part of the team that won the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship and qualified for the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup. She played in four qualifying matches scoring 1 goal and 2 assists
She has the pace and high work rate that Coach Waldrum prefers in his players and will make her valuable as a presence up top for the Houston Dash.
And she does all of it without vision in her right eye. While vision loss in one eye can cause a loss of depth perception Ohai has found a way to adapt and overcome the problem.
Ohai is the younger sister of Megan Cushing a former soccer player who is married to Brian Cushing linebacker for the Houston Texans. Hopefully, some of the Texans players will make it out to Dash home matches and show their support for the women's club and women's soccer!