Week 1 Player Highlight

Week 1 Player Highlights

Each week, OSUFC will be highlighting three players so as to get to know them a bit more off the field. For the first installment of Player Highlights, we will get to know newcomer Zach Arefi, and two returners in Stefan Scheele, and Niko Strickler.

Arefi

Zach Arefi, 4th year Goalkeeper & Health Sciences Major from Lewis Center, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is Persian, and my favorite era of music is the 80’s, but I’ll listen to anything but country music.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I’ve been playing soccer for 18 years.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “On campus I’m a Health Sciences Scholar, an ODI Scholar, proud Block O member, and an avid Intramural Inner Tube Water Polo player.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “With my degree my hope is to become a sports physical therapist. Long term, the goal is to work for a collegiate or professional sports team.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “My favorite part of OSU life has to be football game days. Everyone at OSU comes from a different walk of life, but seeing the entire school united for a common goal in support of the best team in the nation every week is absolutely incredible.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “Before kickoff of every game I run out to the left back spot and say a prayer to one of my best friends, Luke, who passed away back in February. He was my left back when we were in high school and getting out there and having that moment with him before each game helps me know that he’s still with me every time I step out on the field.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has helped me so much already in the short time I’ve been with the team. The biggest thing is the competitive nature of everyone on the team. Every training session is very competitive and each person on the team is not only pushing themselves to be better but they’re pushing their fellow teammates. It’s this competitiveness that drives me to be the best I can be for the team and this has bled over into my schoolwork and life off the field.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “Recording my first shutout with the team in my debut is a very special moment. I look at it more as a team accomplishment though more than anything. It’s a true testament to how hard our team has worked in training to be as defensively sound as possible. That being said though, beating my boy and fellow OSUFC teammate Evan Ekis in FIFA three times definitely has to be up there as one of the top moments thus far.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I hope the impact and legacy I leave with OSUFC is a positive one. I want people to remember that every time I stepped out on the field, whether in training or in the games themselves, I gave it my all for the team. I want to be remembered not just as a high quality player but also as a great teammate who was always there for my team whenever they needed me. And I want a National Championship.”

Scheele

Stefan Scheele, 2nd year Midfielder & Mechanical Engineering Major from Caracas, Venezuela

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is definitely pizza. I know that it might not be expected from an athlete, but the truth is that I do love it. For music, that is a hard question! I always respond that I like everything, however, that is not entirely true. I would say my favorites are EDM and, obviously, reggaeton and merengue (latin roots) and my least favorite, by far, is country.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I have played soccer since I was 4 years old, so that is a total of 17 years so far. I still remember my dad teaching me the basics and pushing me hard every day and I really believe that was what made me try to be the best every match.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I got involved in SHPE my first semesters at OSU and then in some Salsa Club that, honestly, did not go to well! But right now I will start with Formula Buckeye, which I think is a great project and greatly related to my major.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “In the long term, I do not really have it clear. However, in short term I will definitely look for achieving a Master’s degree, probably at Ohio State as well and eventually just see what comes out of that. Life is just too unpredictable sometimes.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “It might sound too general, but I like the whole package. I like everything that campus has to offer; Volleyball with friends, chill in the Oval, hundreds of clubs and organizations and of course, playing soccer with the OSUFC. There are many things that I have enjoyed a lot at OSU, and definitely dozens more ahead.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “Before games I always try to get myself into the right mindset. I tell myself that I am the best on the field. Put myself in situations on the game and think what I will do when actually being on it. Just trying to get in ‘the game’ before the game.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – When coming from another country, with a language barrier, sometimes you don’t feel you are the same person. You might not get the jokes and you might not even make some jokes that you were used to, so there is definitely a change. Initially, I was a little shy and maybe not as interactive as I was supposed to. But, with time I have become more confident, not just in the field, but in school and any other activities I got involved in. So yes, I have grown in an aspect that is really important in anything that you do: confidence.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “My favorite moment so far was when we traveled to Regionals the past season in Indiana. At that trip I really got to know some of my teammates and vice versa. Also, there were some really good matches with great soccer players.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I believe that each member contributes somehow to OSUFC. Personally, I feel that each one of the members has left something on me; either as a teammate or as a friend. I feel that being a part of the team includes a constant two-sided sharing experienced that is assuredly beneficial for us and for the team. With this said, I would say my legacy would be spreading it’s ideas and promoting an integrative organization in the gaming and athletic aspect as well as in the social/friendship side of the team”

Strickler

Niko Strickler, 2nd year Midfielder & Welding Engineering major from Hilliard, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is definitely Sushi. My music preferences are Hip Hop and Rap.”

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

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I am a member of the PSA club (Pilipino Student Association), and I also work during the year at CDME (Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence) which is a manufacturing internship.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I hope to get a job in a field relating to my major. I also think I would like start a business or two.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “I love that wherever I go on campus, I am sure to run into someone I know. Campus is pretty big, but as you get involved and make new friends you’ll be surprised how many people you begin to recognize and get to know.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I always eat a banana and drink plenty of water to prep for a game. Right before the game though, I say a quick prayer to help me perform well.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “Practices and games keep me on top of my schedule because I have to plan and work ahead to get all of my homework done on time. The upper classmen have been great examples and I hope that I can provide guidance to future students, like they did to me.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “My first few days with the team were my favorite times at Ohio State so far. Hanging out with the guys and really getting to know them off the field was a great way to start off my college career.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I want to leave a legacy that it doesn’t matter how big or tall you are. The only thing that matters is giving it your all every time you step on that field. Also to play for your teammates, and not just yourself.”