COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Sears family from nearby Dublin, Ohio, will have a special interest in the match Friday night between Ohio State and Miami (Ohio) at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The Buckeyes’ Emma and her twin sister, Bronwen, will be going head to head when Ohio State returns home to take on the RedHawks.
Both Emma and Bronwen moved to Dublin from Laguna Beach, Calif., prior to their freshman year of high school, were four-year letterwinners at Dublin Jerome High School, part of an OCC championship team that advanced in the OHSAA Tournament all four years and were club team teammates with Ohio Premier. The only difference: Bronwen is the elder, even if it’s just by 10 minutes.
With Friday night marking the first time the twins will be on opposite sides of the pitch, Emma is unsure what to expect.
“We’ve always been on the same team so this definitely will be an interesting game,” Emma said. “Ever since we found out we had them on the schedule, it’s kind of been a competition back and forth. I just know I’m excited to see her and to see her being successful on another team. Going up against each other will be really cool. It’s just going to be so different playing on different teams now.”
Both sisters already have seen success in the opening month of their respective freshman seasons. Emma has played in all five matches off the bench, including a season-high 57 minutes in a 1-1 draw at UCF Aug. 28, while Bronwen has started all five contests as a defender for the RedHawks.
Though each has been busy with the start of their collegiate careers on the field and in the classroom, they continue to keep tabs on each other.
“We stay in touch really often,” Emma added. “She’s having a really good time there and I’m really enjoying my time at Ohio State. It’s been a good experience for both of us.”
If there is one thing for certain, it is that there will be a large group to support both Sears sisters Friday night.
“Ever since my parents found out about the game, they’ve been spreading the word to pretty much everybody,” Emma said. “We’re expecting a lot of our family members and friends to be there because it is such a big game for both of us and it’s right in our backyard.”
Kick between the Buckeyes and RedHawks is slated for 7 p.m. Friday Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Admission is free.