Twenty-four-year-old Lindsay Agnew is a fullback on the Canadian Women’s soccer team currently competing at the 2019 FIFA World Cup.
While she grew up in Ohio and currently plays as a defender for the Houston Dash, Agnew was born in and has ties to Kingston.
Her father, Gary Agnew, started a coaching position at the Kingston Frontenacs the year before she was born. He coached the Frontenacs for three years, and lead the team to their first OHL division title in the 1994/1995 season.
The family moved to London, Ontario, then later Syracuse, and eventually settled in Columbus. Lindsay attended Ohio State University, where she was assistant captain of the Ohio State soccer team.
A 2012 MaxPreps article described Lindsay’s journey towards becoming a part of Team Canada. Her mother Barb Agnew wrote letters explaining that despite residing in Ohio, Lindsay would be an asset to the Canadian team.
“I’m a typical soccer mom,” Barb told MaxPreps. “I just started telling them, ‘Hey, she’s a special player and she’s Canadian.’ It took a few months, but being a pushy mom maybe paid off a little. I just kept writing and they called her for a tryout.”
Lindsay was invited to a U17 camp after emailing the Canadian federation, according to a 2017 Elite Clubs National League player spotlight.
Agnew joined the Canadian national team in 2011. The team won a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Guatemala, lost in a quarterfinal of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, and placed sixth in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
According to a TSN player profile, she’s not only a skilled player, but also the unofficial team hair braider.
“She’s the best braider I’ve ever seen. We have all the girls lined up to get their hair braided by her. She’s quite good at it,” said Team Canada Forward Adriana Leon.
“Whenever anyone needs a braid, we go to Lindsay. I spend a lot of time in her room,” said Canadian Defender Shelina Zadorsky. “She always gets me ready for the games.”
The Canadian women’s national soccer team beat New Zealand 2-0 in their second game of the FIFA World Cup Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019.
They will be facing off against the Netherlands tomorrow, Thursday, Jun. 20, at 12 p.m. EST.
Join us in cheering on Lindsay and Team Canada, and stay tuned for an upcoming interview with the Kingston-born soccer star coming soon!