Player Highlight Week 9

Evan Ekis, Jon Epstein, and TJ Schuster

Week 9 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 Evan Ekis, Jon Epstein, and TJ Schuster.

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Evan Ekis, 2nd year Defender & Education Major from Dublin, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “Chipotle & Japanese Steak House are my favorite foods. I like many kinds of music including Hip hop/Rap, Country, Alternative, Rock.”

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

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I’m involved at the RPAC, and various volunteer projects/activities such as Young Life, Habitat for Humanity, and Food Drives.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I plan to be a science/social studies teacher and coach High School soccer. I am looking forward to making a positive impact on future students and soccer players through education.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “I enjoy Football game days. I also like how big the campus is with so many different activities going on. Having a highly ranked fitness facility like the RPAC is clutch.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “For pregame I listen to some pump up music and knock out some push-ups to get focused.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC gives me the opportunity to continue playing the sport I enjoy and plan on coaching after college. Playing on the team has also helped me balance out my time and academics wisely.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “My favorite moments are helping make a goal line save during regionals, and then later on winning the tournament. Taking that big step as regional champions towards our ultimate team goal was a great feeling.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I want to make my impact by working really hard every moment in any specific drill, practice, or game. I want to set an example on the field and off the field how to work hard and give everything you’ve got.”

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Jon Epstein, 2nd year Goalkeeper & Business Major from Long Island, New York

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is sushi, and my favorite type of music is probably anything you could consider dad rock, aka AC/DC, The Police, etc.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I’ve been playing for 17 years.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I’m currently pledging OSU’s chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I hope to get a job with a sports team in their marketing department, preferably in New York.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “100% I love football Saturdays.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “As I run to my goal before the game I step on the 18 yard box, and then touch the crossbar. Then as the whistle blows I do the sign of the cross.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “It has helped me with my time management, adjusting to a new school and a new class load.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “It has to be our crazy win at Cincinnati.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I believe that I’ll leave behind a legacy of high quality banter and good company.”

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TJ Schuster, 4th year Defender & Electrical Engineering Major from Noblesville, Indiana

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “I eat spaghetti about 4 days a week. Partly because I am a lazy cook but mostly because I like it a lot. I listen to whatever Thomas Gullo or Nevin Anandika are listening to on Spotify at the time.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I have been playing for 15 years. I was on The Thunderdogs when I was 7 years old.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I tried to join a club once and even paid to join but after a month it stopped meeting. Nate Meizlish’s club sounds interesting so maybe I’ll join it.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I think Mike McKune is going to have his own company in the future so I’ll probably be asking him for a job at some point.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “I love the fact that once I graduate, I will be a part of one of the largest alumni networks in the world. I also love how everyone that graduates from Ohio State is so proud to have attended the university. No matter where I go in the world, I will probably meet alumni or somebody who is as passionate about Ohio State as I am.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “The past two years, Eik and I always do a big shoulder bump before we step on the field. I also yell at Mike to hang loose right before the whistle. The past couple games I’ve tried to pump up Thomas as well. He did alright in Regionals so maybe I’ll keep doing it.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “When I joined the team 4 years ago, a lot of older players on the team were great mentors and friends to me. Their guidance and friendship helped make being a part of OSUFC one of my greatest experiences. I have tried to replicate what some of those former players did for me and I try to be a good mentor and friend to everyone on the team.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “The 2014 season was one that I will never forget. Every moment from that season is so memorable and being able to say that we won a National Championship is a great feeling.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “Hopefully the impact I will leave with OSUFC is that I was always willing to help anyone on the team on or off the field. From this team, I have made lifelong friends who were always there for me and I hope that I can have that same impact.”