COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team met over the weekend to honor the 2017 seniors and recognize members from the 2017 team. Highlighting the evening was junior Abdi Mohamed, who became the first Buckeye to win back-to-back MVP awards.
Stephen Chappelear, a member of the wrestling team in 1974, kicked off the evening by presenting captains Hunter Robertson and Abdi Mohamed with their Varsity “O” captain’s mugs. After a few words from each of the 2017 seniors, Coach Bluem handed out the Academic Achievement Award to Nate Kohl, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-Ohio selection. Kohl scored seven points on a pair of goals and three assists in 2017. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.
Robertson and sophomore goalkeeper Parker Siegfried were awarded with the Linda Daniel Most Inspirational Award given in honor of Linda Daniel, an athletic trainer at Ohio State who lost her fight with cancer in 2000.
Robertson, who started in 83-consecutive matches since joining the team in 2014, was named to the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team and had a season-high three points on one goal and one assist. One of the team leader’s in the locker room, he helped the Scarlet to eight shutouts, holding opponents to 1.37 goals per game. Siegfried broke the program’s consecutive shutout record with six straight clean sheets in the month of September. After suffering a head injury in mid-October, Siegfried came back and finished out the season, helping the team upset eventual NCAA quarterfinalist Michigan State Nov. 5 in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament in East Lansing, Mich.
Junior Alex Nichols was honored as the most improved player. Nichols has played in 37 career games with 16 career starts in three years. He collected a season-high 13 starts in 17 games played in 2017, scoring the lone goal of the season at No. 4 Michigan State in the first half.
Robertson and senior Niall Logue were honored with the Coaches Award. Logue played in 37 career games in two seasons in the OSU backline with 3,379 career minutes. He scored two career goals and had one assist and was a part of 11 career shutouts.
Senior Kevin Blackwood was recognized as the team’s newcomer of the year. In one season, Blackwood, who was also named the Wolstein Classic All-Tournament Team, was a key part of the OSU backline and also was a difference maker on the offensive end, collecting three assists this past fall.
Mohamed, from Worthington, Ohio, was honored as the team MVP for the second straight year to conclude the evening. A second team All-Big Ten, Mohamed had his second-straight double-digit scoring season, leading the Scarlet and Gray with 13 points on four goals and five assists. He tied his season high with four goals. Mohamed also had a team-high six-game point streak during the team’s record-breaking shutout victory streak in September. Mohamed, who has played in more than 5,000 minutes in three years, is on pace to crack the Top 10 in the OSU career scoring list by the end of the 2018 season.
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