Player Highlight Week 7

Nate Meizlish, Niko Popovich, and Ricky Krause

Week 7 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 Ricky Krause, Nate Meizlish, and Niko Popovich.

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Ricky Krause, 1st year Midfielder & Logistics/Operations Double Major from Avon Lake, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is a tasty omelette, and I enjoy every type of music.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I’ve been a soccer player and fanatic since Micro, 15 years ago.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I am in several clubs, including College Republicans on Campus, Buckeye Conceal & Carry, Fisher Citizenship Program, Cru/Real Life, and more.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I aspire to become a CEO/Division Manager of a Fortune 500 Company.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “While OSU offers numerous opportunities, I personally enjoy the freedom the most; learning time management, responsibility, and maturity has been a great experience.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I always pray before I step on the pitch, and try my hardest to encourage my teammates.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has helped me hone my determination and perseverance skills. It also has shown me great role models in my teammates and introduced a very connected sense of camaraderie.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “I can vividly remember stepping on the pitch for the first time with the OSUFC badge on my chest. Knowing that from that point on, I’d be playing for THE Ohio State University meant a lot to myself and brought a sense of pride that I carry with me everywhere.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I hope to leave OSUFC with a few national championships. But, I hope that the values needed to earn these trophies, namely hard-work, perseverance, and teamwork, are ones that I’ll leave with the future of OSUFC. “

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Nate Meizlish, 3rd year Midfielder & Neuroscience Major from Bexley, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite foods are probably anything that my mom makes, and pears. I mostly listen to alternative, but I’ve gotten really into country lately.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “Since the tiny goals with no keepers, so 15 or 16 years.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I am a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, a research assistant in an epidemiology lab at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and am the treasurer of Ohio State’s chapter of Students For Students Who Are For Things.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I want to help people, and the brain and nervous system are a root cause of so many problems that people face, so I want to go into research so I can help solve those problems. In another way, I don’t want to do that at all and want to merge my interests of comedy, writing, and politics into something.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “I like that almost everyone can find their niche and that for the most part our peers respect how we forge our path at OSU. Because the student body is so big, there is no shortage of backgrounds and ideas to be shared, which is awesome. Gamedays are also sweeeeeeeet.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “No, but I wish I did. That would be cool.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC gives me that competitive outlet that I need so I can be better in other aspects of my life. The leadership that I’ve seen from some of my teammates over 2 years has taught me a lot about how to work and lead in groups.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “Our come-from-behind wins over OU and UC were awesome because they showed what our team is capable of. I also love the little moments that come from competing against these guys in practice.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I hope that I can be remembered as someone who was always having fun and kept things light and jovial, but that I could also turn on a fiercely competitive side and hated to lose.”

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Niko Popovich, 4th year Forward & Finance Major from Cetinje, Montenegro

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is anything my mom cooks, and I also like Chipotle. I like listening to all types of music; anywhere from Country to Rap/Hip-Hop. Childish Gambino is probably my favorite.”

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

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I’m not really involved in anything outside of OSUFC. Work, school and soccer keep me pretty busy.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I hope to gain experience in the business world and then use that experience to start my own business.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “Game days are my favorite part of OSU. I transferred from a small school and seeing the atmosphere that is present on game days is surreal.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “My pregame has been the same for a while now. I listen to pump up music then while I warm up I visualize me dribbling and scoring in the upcoming game. Whatever song is stuck in my head is the background of my visualizations. It’s been Starboy by The Weeknd lately.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has helped me in the fact that it’s kept my love of competing going. I am now much better at time management and have developed friendships that I believe will last for many years.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “It is hard to beat the memory of winning the national championship. I do think goofing around with my teammates is my favorite part about being on the team.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I think my impact will be different to each one of my teammates but I hope they will see me as someone who works hard and always has their back. I want them to know that you should have fun while playing but that there’s nothing more fun than winning. Style points in practice are always appreciated.”