OSUFC Player Highlight Week 4

Thomas Gullo, Craig Zahour, and Alex Eikenberry

Week 4 Player Highlights

Each week, OSUFC will be highlighting three players so as to get to know them a bit more off the field. This week we will get to know Alex Eikenberry, Thomas Gullo, and Craig Zahour.

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Alex Eikenberry, 3rd year Defender & Biology PreMed Major from Bexley, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is either Chipotle or Chinese food. My favorite music is definitely Rap as I like listening to Drake, Future, Big Sean and other artists.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I’ve been playing soccer since I was 7 or 8 years old.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I’m a member of the Alpha Gamma chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I plan on going to medical school after graduation, and I aspire to become either a pediatrician or an athletic trainer.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “My favorite part of OSU life is gameday. The atmosphere, the excitement, and the energy that everyone has on gameday is unlike any experience I’ve been a part of. Joining your friends to have a good time and cheer on the Buckeyes is something I truly enjoy about OSU.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I have had the same pregame routine since junior year of high school. I put on my shin guards, socks, and mid calves before I get to the field. I usually warm up without tying my cleats until the game is about to start. I listen to music on the way to the field and as I warm up; usually loud rap to get me in the zone. Then, before I take the field, I shoulder bump TJ Schuster and Nathan Zanzig. I’m a little superstitious so I like to repeat this same routine for every game as I believe it gives me good luck.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has helped me manage my time with school work and practice as well as having a social life. I like to keep busy as it forces me to organize and prioritize my tasks for every week. This club has helped me take on a leadership role as I become older and have to set an example for the younger players.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “Favorite OSUFC moment so far was winning the National Championship my freshman year. It was such an amazing experience with an incredible group of guys.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I want to set an example for how the younger guys should treat this club. I’ve learned from past players and understood how competitive, yet fun this club can be. In the end, I want to cherish the times I’ve had with this club and all the guys I’ve played along side.”

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Thomas Gullo, 3rd year Midfielder & Mechanical Engineering Major from Powell, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is definitely Indian food, you can’t top the chicken tikka masala. My favorite type of music is probably hip hop/rap, but I like basically anything that isn’t country.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I have been playing soccer since I was 4 years old, so that makes it 17 years.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I’m extremely involved in all of my classes. The course load for M.E. is demanding of much of my time.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I really just want a job that is interesting and fulfilling in some way. I have had previous internships in the automotive industry, and I really enjoyed my work. It is exciting where the industry is heading, so I could see myself working for an automotive company.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “My favorite thing about OSU is the huge amount of opportunities that are given to the students. There is a place for everyone at Ohio State, and that really contributes to the amazing school spirit.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I listen to Upper Echelon by Travis Scott before every game.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has had a huge impact on my life in ways I couldn’t imagine coming in as a freshman. It has helped me with time management, teamwork, and much more. Being vice president of the club has also forced me to step up in terms of leadership for the club, and it feels great to help the guys in any way I can.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “It has to be winning the 2014 National Championship, that will always be one of my greatest accomplishments.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I hope to leave behind a culture of winning and a sense of family among the team. The teams with the best chemistry on and off the field are the ones that are most successful, and soccer is more enjoyable when you are playing with all your best friends.”

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Craig Zahour, 4th year Defender & Logistics Management Major from Barrington, Illinois

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “Mexican food, or anything cooked by Grandma Zahour. Honestly I like to listen to just about anything musical, but I cannot stand country music.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “As long as I can remember I have been playing soccer, so it has to be since I was 5 or 6.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “This is the first semester I haven’t been working part time on top of school in the past 2 years, so I am making the most of my free time with friends before graduation.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I am still open to jumping around industries and finding something I love and want to do day in and day out. Recently I have been playing with the idea of owning or running a sustainable/environmentally responsible supply chain consulting company as an end goal for my career.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “It has to be home football game weekends, they are the epitome of what I love about being a student at Ohio State. It is so much fun watching our football program dominate, and I love cheering along with an incomparably loyal fan base and student population. Got to love the Buckeyes.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I don’t have anything ultra specific, but I just do my best to vocally fire up our team and make sure we are all ready to compete together.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has fostered multiple relationships in which I have learned a lot about how I like to conduct myself as a young man and a young business professional. I am so grateful for the friends I have made through OSUFC.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “To be honest, my favorite moments of being a member of OSUFC come via practice every week. I love being able to play the game I love at an incredibly high level with a great group of guys who I can bond and crack jokes with. I only wish I had more years to continue to do so.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I hope that my impact through OSUFC will become evident through the younger guys on the team as we seniors move on. Not only do I hope that I was able to model what it is to be a great competitor, but a leader as well. I hope that is my legacy moving forward.”