LEXINGTON, Va.- VMI men’s soccer senior Amir Shihata has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for games played Oct. 18-24, it was announced today by the league office. Shihata scored three goals and dished out an assist on the week, helping propel the Keydets to their first victories of the season over Radford and UNC Asheville.
“Our program and I are very pleased and proud that Amir has been named player of the week for the Big South Conference,” said VMI head coach Richie Rose. “He is a consistent performer both in training and games and I am delighted that he has been recognized for his quality work and determination.”
Shihata, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va., posted three goals and one assist to lead the Keydets to a 2-0 record in Big South play last week. Against Radford on Oct. 23, Shihata opened the scoring up with a goal off a Matt Seinfeld assist from five yards out in the 19th minute. He later returned the favor to Seinfeld in the 63rd minute as the Keydets went on to the 3-0 win. Three days later at Asheville, Shihata found the back of the net in the 9th minute to put VMI up, 1-0. After a Bulldog score to knot the game at 1-1, Shihata closed the book on the Bulldogs in the 77th minute with his second goal of the match. He has scored a goal in each of the last three contests for VMI.
The last time a Keydet earned a Big South Player of the Week honor was during the 2007 season, when Brian Sowell earned the plaudit on for his play on Sept. 17-23.
Shihata beat out Coastal Carolina’s Joe Anderson, High Point’s Fejiro Okiomah and Liberty’s Darren Amoo for the week eight honor.
The Keydets return to action Weds., Oct. 27 as the squad travels to Washington, D.C. to take on the Howard Bison at 7 p.m.