Jan. 30, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team met over the weekend to honor the team’s seniors and to celebrate the 2016 season. Highlighting the evening were the team’s eight seniors including captains Austin Bergstrom and Tyler Kidwell.
Coach Bluem kicked off the ceremony by awarding the Teri Casperson Academic Achievement Award to Henry Chancy, three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2014-16) and OSU Scholar Athlete selection (2013-15). Chancy played in 11 matches for the Buckeyes on the season starting in six. Chancy would also be awarded 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.
Then came the Most Improved Player award was given to redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. After redshirting his freshman year Siegfried started all 19 games for the Buckeyes earning Big Ten All-Freshman and TopDrawerSoccer Best Freshman Second Team honors. Siegfried posted three shutouts on the season and sported a 1.57 goals against average on the season.
The newcomer of the year award had not one, but two winners. Both Ben Fitzpatrick and Niall Logue would share the honors for the 2016 season. Fitzpatrick, who transferred to Ohio State following three years at Urbana University, started 14 games on the year for the Buckeyes. Fitzpatrick served as a key cog in the Buckeye midfield contributed eight points on the season including four assists and two goals, one of which a game-winner against Northwestern. Logue, a transfer from Yavapai Junior College in Arizona, was the anchor of the Ohio State defense starting 18 games at central defender.
The 2016 Coaches’ Award was given to senior Christian Soldat. A four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes who played in 16 games on the season providing speed and grit on the wing. Soldat ended his career with 72 total appearances including five assists and 10 goals, four of which were game winners.
Last, but certainly not least the Most Valuable Player Award was given to two players; Abdi Mohamed and Nate Kohl. Mohamed, a sophomore midfielder, had a spectacular year winning a litany of awards including Second Team All-Big Ten and Nike Classic All-Tournament team. Mohamed was staple in the Ohio State midfield playing, 1,966 minutes on the season over 23 games, starting 19. Kohl, a junior forward in his first season at Ohio State after transferring from Michigan. Kohl was the spear of the Buckeye attack posting 14 points on the season including six goals and two assists. His most infamous goal, a double-overtime gamewinner against Michigan, his former team, which made it onto SportsCenter’s Top 10. Starting in 16 games on the season, Kohl earned several awards on the season including second team All-Big Ten and second team All-Ohio.
The senior class leaves behind a strong legacy and a long list of accomplishments that includes:
2016 Award Winners
Teri Casperson Academic Achievement Award – Henry Chancy
Most Improved Player – Parker Siegfried
Linda Daniel Most Inspirational Award – Henry Chancy
Coaches’ Award – Christian Soldat