COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some names are a little more challenging to pronounce. Take CC Uche. A junior transfer on the Ohio State men’s soccer team, CC’s full name is Chinenye Chidera Uche.
That’s “Chee-nen-yae Chee-dera Ooo-chay.”
“CC’s my nickname, but nobody can pronounce my full name,” Uche chuckled. “I’m Nigerian, so CC is my initials of my first and middle name. Everyone calls me CC.”
A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., Uche transferred this past offseason from Duke where he played 18 games with 17 starts at center back for the Blue Devils. A physical and speedy defender at 6-1, 175, Uche made an immediate impact in his OSU debut over the weekend at the Wolstein Classic. He set up the team’s first goal of the year after creating a foul called on Hofstra inside the penalty area midway through the second half.
“I fight for balls whether it’s defensively or offensively,” Uche said. “As a center back, I don’t get that many chances to score on set pieces, I want to scramble for balls and try to throw my body in and see what I can get. Hopefully, I can get a few goals this year, but all that matters is that our team wins.”
He didn’t score a goal vs. the Pride, but he did create the team’s first penalty kick as teammate Jake Scheper buried the lone goal of the match at 64:24 to give a team a 1-1-0 mark through the first weekend of play. For his efforts, Uche was named to the 2018 Wolstein Classic All-Tournament.
CC Uche, get used to the name, Buckeye fans.
Ohio State travels to play in the Dayton Classic this weekend in Dayton, Ohio. The Buckeyes face Marshall at 5 p.m. Friday and Milwaukee at Noon Sunday at Baujan Field.