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This young Somali NCAA soccer player for Ohio State University is a highly ranked rising star in the country

Freshman midfielder Abdi Mohamed has made an immediate impact on the 2015 Ohio State University (OSU) men’s soccer team. Abdi Mohamed has seen action in all seven games with three starts for the Buckeyes. The OSU freshman has collected three points in the past two games, scoring his first career goal at No. 11 Akron Sept. 16 before contributing to the team’s goal vs. No. 13 Penn State with his first career assist last Sunday.

Prior to coming to Ohio State University, Abdi Mohamed played for Classic Eagles in Columbus Ohio as a midfielder and played high school at Westerville Central High School. In 2014, Abdi Mohamed was named All-State. He was also named by CollegeSoccerNews.com as the No. 99 ranked player in the country for the Class of 2015. Abdi Mohamed is going to be a top player in the coming years with his talents.

Abdi Mohamed sat down with Ohio State University men’s soccer. Below is his interview with the team.

What was it like scoring your first collegiate goal at Akron?
Even though we didn’t get the result we were looking for, it was a great feeling honestly. And being against Akron just made it even sweeter. Starting the season the way we did is not what we wanted. So we decided to changes some things for the Akron  game and I’d say we showed up big time. We just have to keep playing the way we did last week and we should have a season to remember.

You didn’t even look up at the goal. Did you know it was going to go in?
I just kept my eye on the ball the entire time. I mean right as the cross from Hunter came in, I started picturing where the ball would be. As that happened, it rolled directed towards me and I just laced it.

When did the coaching staff see you play in high school?
Coach Bluem and Gordo [coach Gordona] saw me play at one of my high school games against our rivals Westerville South. I was playing against a good friend of mine and an outstanding player by the name of Emmanuel Sabbi from the Chicago Magic Psg, who is now with the under-20 USMNT. Basically, my job for that game was to just play man-to-man with him no matter what position he played. I rose to the occasion and my team came out with the win.

What position do you play and what is your favorite part about playing in that role?
My favorite position is defensive midfield. Playing that position you have to be calm on the ball. My favorite part is whichever team controls the midfield usually ends up with the upper hand. I just love everything about that.

What should Buckeye fans expect to see from you on the field in 2015?
As a player, they should expect to see my competitiveness on the pitch representing this great university.

What do you plan on studying at Ohio State and why?
I am majoring in business management right now at the Fisher College of Business. My dad owns his own business and I want to go into that after getting my degree.

What opponent are you most looking forward to play against this fall?
Akron. I came to last year’s game at Jesse Owens and immediately loved the rivalry.

If you didn’t play soccer, what sport would it be?
I’d kick for football. Other than that I don’t see myself playing another sport.

What interesting things did you do this past summer?
I traveled to Brazil and Canada for a month before I came back to Columbus for camp week.

If you could witness any event of the past, present or future what would it be?
If I had to choose an event to witness again I’d probably go with the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

If you were a superhero, who and why?
I’d want to be the Flash. Cause he never gets tired and can run for days.

Favorites:

Food: Lasagna
Music:
R&B
Movie:
Saving Private Ryan
Social Media:
Twitter
Quote/Motto/Saying:
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”
Team:
Barcelona
Athlete:
Leo Messi
All-time sports moment:
Coming back to beat Westerville South, 3-2
Pre-game match ritual:  
I really don’t have a pre-game ritual. Usually just stick to the game plan and play

Parts of this article appeared at: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/092515aaa.html

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