Close to home: Warren’s Koch to play soccer at Muskingum U.

VINCENT – With Nick Koch on the pitch at Warren, the Warriors played winning soccer.

The recently graduated royal blue and white booter is hoping that trend continues at the next level at Muskingum University in New Concord, where he’s planning to continue his education this upcoming fall.

“It’s a good-sized school that’s close to home,” said Koch, who will be majoring in computer science. “I had a good feel about it, and like the people and coaches.”

At Warren, Koch was on the merit roll with a 3.4 GPA.

Koch said he also considered going to Marietta College, Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., and Bowling Green State University.

Muskingum is an NCAA Division III school that competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), which also features Marietta College.

Last season, the Seamus Reilly-coached Fighting Muskies compiled a 5-11 overall record and 2-7 OAC mark.

Koch, a second-team all-stater in Ohio Division 2 boys’ soccer last fall and two-time Southeastern Ohio Athletic League Player of the Year, was instrumental in helping the Andrew Johnson-coached Warriors repeat as district champions last season with a 14-3-4 overall record and 5-1-2 SEOAL mark. Warren exited postseason tournament play after falling 3-0 to Bexley in a regional semifinal at Logan.

A versatile soccer player, who can play just about anywhere on the pitch, Koch was Warren’s second-leading scorer with 11 goals. He was primarily the team’s playmaker or attacking mid at center pitch.

Koch is the son of Bob and Kim Koch. From a soccer family, his older brother Billy played college ball at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., and his younger brother Ben will be a Warren junior this upcoming season.