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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Now a day and a half into practice, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is growing more comfortable playing together, as a squad and under the leadership of its newly-named captains Doug Verhoff, Andrew Magill and Matt Gold. The trio was selected through a vote of fellow players with the coaching staff holding final discretion.

“All three of these young men are not only great players, but great leaders and great people,” head coach John Bluem said of his captains. “I am confident in their ability to lead this young team by example, both on and off the field, and show them the importance of hard work, determination and professionalism.”

Captains at a glance:
Verhoff: Two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection … three-year starter … played the most minutes of all field players last season … has the all-around athletic ability to contribute at several spots on the field … member of 2007 College Cup All-Tournament Team and scored deciding penalty kick in 2007 Big Ten Championship … has the ability to take his game up a notch in big games … one of four Buckeyes from Central Ohio on the 2009 roster.
     Off the field
     Favorite Book: “Where the Wild Things Are”
     Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: black raspberry chip
     Favorite Animal: penguin

Magill: Second Team All-Big Ten honoree as a junior … a starter for the last two seasons  … solid forward who excelled in the 2007 College Cup Finals and Big Ten Championship season … has good athleticism and the ability to finish off his scoring chances.
     Off the field    
     Favorite Book: “Catcher in the Rye”
     Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: chocolate
     Favorite Animal: lion

Gold: Academic All-Big Ten selection and member of the conference All-Freshman Team in 2007 … … a starter each of the two previous years, taking the field for the beginning of 45 of 46 career contests  … energetic and athletic midfielder that is one of the team’s fittest players … excellent student.
     Off the field
     Favorite Book: “It’s Not About the Bike”
     Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: black raspberry chip
     Favorite Animal: monkey

Click on the video link above to listen to all three players discuss the honor of being named captain and their takes on the first two days of preseason camp.