The VMI men’s soccer team saw improvement in several areas under first-year head coach Michael Bonelli. Although the Keydets were unable to log a victory during the 2016 season, the team was strengthened by a resolve to compete for a full 90 minutes and battle to the end regardless of the score on the board.
The highlight of the season came by way of sophomore keeper Robert Allen, who finished among the best in the nation in several goalie categories upon conclusion of the season. The Boerne, Texas, native finished first in the nation in saves per game as he averaged seven a match through 14 games played. He logged 98 saves for the year, sixth most in the final NCAA rankings.
Allen logged over 1200 minutes in the box in 2016, allowing 54 goals for a 3.96 goals-against average. He also earned a .645 save percentage.
VMI was also guided by the senior leadership of Alex Hartman and Dan Geyer, who finished second and fifth, respectively, in career minutes played. Hartman finished his cadetship with 4,032 minutes on the pitch while Geyer finished with 3,416 for fifth place on the all-time list.
Junior Sam Moffatt led the team with three goals on the year while Hartman finished the year with the most assists with two. Junior Tyler Colgan enjoyed a breakout year in which he scored two goals and had one assist for five points on the year, second only to Moffat’s six points. Sophomore Sohrab Shaikh showed progress with three points for the season by way of a goal and one assist for the year.
The Keydets look to build on the positives learned during the course of the 2016 season as they look for continued momentum and progression in 2017.