Hudson Announces Addition of Wasila Diwura-Soale and Cass Romero

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
Hudson Announces Addition of Wasila Diwura-Soale and Cass Romero

Baton Rouge, La. – LSU soccer added transfer Wasila Diwura-Soale and incoming freshman Cass Romero on Saturday. Diwura-Soale comes to LSU via Lamar University, and Romero is a native of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Diwura-Soale will make an immediate impact for LSU once she arrives in Baton Rouge. Diwura-Soale is a dynamic midfielder that plays with exceptional pace, has great vision of the pitch, and can finish in the box when needed. A native of Accra, Ghana, Diwura-Soale made three appearances representing Ghana at the 2016 u20 World Cup.

“Wasila will become the first African soccer player here at LSU,” LSU soccer head coach Sian Hudson mentioned. “With her World Cup experience and international caps for Ghana, we have great confidence that Wasila will come in and make an immediate impact on our attack. She has the ability to create goals for her teammates with her exceptional vision and final ball, but can also score goals breaking forward out of the midfield.

“Her close control and explosive pace make her really dynamic on the dribble and her bursting runs beyond the forwards get her into dangerous positions in front of goal. She is one of those special players that will excite fans every time she gets the ball and we look forward to seeing her wearing the Purple and Gold.”

She came to America and played for Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas) in 2017 and 2018. She was a two-time NJCAA All-American and accounted for 88 points (30 goals & 28 assists) in her two seasons as Navarro’s catalyst. Nine of those 30 goals were gamewinners and she even featured a five goal performance against Northeast Texas on Sept. 5, 2018, in Navarro’s conference opener. Following her time at Navarro, she transferred to Lamar University for the 2019 season, but only saw limited action after suffering a season-ending injury four games into the season.

Romero will be an aide to LSU’s backline defense as she comes in with experience playing at the outside-back position. She played her club ball with Real Colorado and helped them to state titles in 2014, 2016, and 2019 along with two trips to regionals. She was a member of the ODP West Region player pool in 2014 and 2015, and she played in the ECNL National Playoff during the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. She was a three-year starter for her high school, Mountain Vista High School, from 2017-19. In 2019, she was named to the Continental League honorable mention squad.

‘Cass is a terrific outside back from one of the top clubs in the country, Real Colorado,” LSU soccer assistant coach Laura Busby noted. “Her pace and tenacity on the defensive side of the ball will serve her well in the SEC next year. We love her technical ability and willingness to fly forward in the attack.

“Aside from her natural athletic gifts, Cass has a fantastic personality and is a joy to be around. Her positivity is infectious and her relentless work rate makes her a model teammate. We see her as a player with massive potential and we can’t wait to watch her grow within our competitive training environment.”