Lower Sackville soccer star draws comparison to U.S. legend Abby Wambach

Lower Sackville’s Nkem Ezurike has drawn a lofty comparison to American women’s soccer legend Abby Wambach.

Ezurike, a junior striker at the NCAA Division I level with the Michigan Wolverines, has 11 goals in 11 games and sits second in Big 10 conference scoring.

Wolverines head coach Greg Ryan, who made the comparison, knows Wambach well from his days coaching the U.S. national team from 2004 to 2007. Now 32, Wambach trails only Mia Hamm among the top scorers in U.S. national team history.

“When it comes to skill, speed, strength, striking the ball, beating players one-on-one, Nkem is better,” Ryan told “The scary thing is that she’s a long way from reaching her potential. There just aren’t that many players in the world with her athletic ability that can finish chances.”

The 20-year-old’s per-game scoring average ranks among the top 25 players in the country heading into this week’s Big 10 conference championship.

Ezurike, a two-time all-Big 10 selection who represented Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan earlier this year, has scored 31 goals in 51 games at Michigan and sits sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list.

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