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Women's Recruiting May 19, 2023

Oklahoma State signs transfers Ellie Geoffroy and Nicole Ray

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State soccer has added two student-athletes to its 2023 roster with transfers Ellie Geoffroy and Nicole Ray joining head coach Colin Carmichael‘s Cowgirls.

Geoffroy comes to OSU after playing her freshman season at Oklahoma, while Ray spent the last three seasons at Utah Valley. Geoffroy has three seasons of eligibility remaining, while Ray has two.

The Cowgirls’ group of incoming newcomers is now 13 strong, with 10 freshmen and three transfers.

A defender from Andover, Kan., Geoffroy played in 19 games for OU last season, starting seven. She saw over 1,000 minutes of action, including playing full time against No. 12 TCU and scoring her first-career goal.

Geoffroy starred as a prep at Andover Central High School as well as at the club level for Oklahoma Energy FC, where she was a team captain. She was a four-star recruit by and was also ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the South Region by TDS.

“Ellie is a tenacious defender who is very athletic and aggressive,” Carmichael said. “Her recovery speed is top level, and she can defend the very athletic attackers that we face each week in the Big 12. Her experience in the Big 12 last fall prepared her for how intense the games can be, and she will be ready to compete immediately for us.

“Most importantly, Ellie is a wonderful student-athlete and will enhance the culture of our team.”

Ray had a productive first two seasons as a collegian at UVU, where she started 36 of the 56 games she played and posted 10 goals and four assists.

Last season, Ray helped lead the Wolverines to a WAC regular season championship and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large bid as she scored three goals and notched an assist.

In 2021, Ray earned WAC All-Freshman Team honors after scoring five goals, three of those game winners. That came on the heels of a 2020 COVID freshman campaign in which she started 13 games for a squad that won its first-ever WAC regular season title, WAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament match.

At the prep level, Ray was the Utah Class 6A MVP in 2018 after recording 10 goals and seven assists and leading Lone Peak High School to a state championship. She also competed at the club level for La Roca and Utah Celtic FC.

“Nicole is a very gifted soccer player who is creative on the ball and very good at keeping the ball under pressure,” Carmichael said. “She can beat defenders off the dribble and can create scoring opportunities for her teammates. She is very competitive and works very hard on the defensive side of the ball.

“We are excited to see how her skill set adapts to the competition in the Big 12, and her positive attitude and experience will be a huge boost to our team.”

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