ONE ON ONE WITH NICHELLE PRINCE
2019 IS LOOKING LIKE IT
WILL BE A BIG SEASON FOR NICHELLE PRINCE. PRINCE, 23, IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE TOP YOUNG FORWARDS IN THE GAME. SOCCER 360 MAGAZINE’S SEAN MASLIN SPOKE WITH PRINCE ABOUT HER GOALS NEXT SEASON FOR BOTH CLUB AND COUNTRY.
SEAN MASLIN: HOW HAS YOUR OFFSEASON BEEN SO FAR?
Nichelle Prince: It has been good! I first had to go through CONCACAF with Canada so that first month out of the season I went straight into camp and then I got a little bit of rest after that. But for the last few weeks I have been training so it has been good. It is great to be back and it is nice to get the chance to work on a few things that you wouldn’t usually get the chance to work on.
SM: IF YOU COULD SUM LAST SEASON UP FOR THE DASH IN ONE SENTENCE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
NP: I would say forever changing [Laughs]. We started out a lot different than we finished and we grew and we learned. I think that our team was forever changing and we had to keep on progressing and learning from a coach [Vera Pauw, who left in the offseason] that was kind of unfamiliar to us.
SM: WHAT DO YOU FEEL THAT HOUSTON NEEDS TO DO TO MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS NEXT SEASON?
NP: I think we just need to have a good season from start to finish. From the first game all of us need to be on the same page. Of course we are not going to be as good in the beginning as we are in the end but we need to make sure we are getting points early on and that we are connected as a team. We cannot lose points early on in the season.
SM : 2019 IS A BIG YEAR FOR THE HOUSTON DASH BUT IT IS ALSO A BIG YEAR FOR THE CANADIAN WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM. HOW EXCITED ARE YOU WHAT IS TO COME NEXT YEAR?
NP: I am very excited. This will be my first World
Cup year and it is going to be a big year for me with the Dash and with the National Team. I believe I can make big strides at both stages and I think this year could be a big stepping stone for my career. So for now I just want to be prepared and be ready because it is all coming pretty fast.
SM: WHAT WOULD MAKING THE WORLD CUP ROSTER MEAN FOR YOU?
NP: Oh it would be so huge. I remember watching it four years ago on my couch and cheering on the girls and wishing I was in that spot. So being on the team would be huge for me. It would be nice to see all of the work that I have put into my career and all of the support that I have received from friends and family show that it was all worth it. I was at the  Olympics and I didn’t get a whole lot of minutes so for this tournament I really want to be a starter and be someone that can help the team on the field.
SM: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT DAY MEAL?
NP: I love sushi. Every now and then that is my go-to meal.
SM : IF YOU COULD GIVE A YOUNG FORWARD ONE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR MAKING IT IN THE PROS WHAT WOULD IT BE?
NP: I think as a forward sometimes you think, ‘Oh you are just a forward or a finisher.’ But once you get to the higher stages you have to be an allaround good player. You have to have the pace, you have to defend well, and you have to put in the extra work. So I think it is just about making sure that you aren’t relying on just being a great finisher and great in front of the goal. You have to be a great all-around player and that is what it takes to make it at the top levels and play at the National Team.