VMI Men’s Soccer Opens 2022 Season with 2-2 Tie at Saint Peter’s

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Keydets opened the season with a 2-2 tie against Saint Peters University in nonconference play Thursday, Aug. 25, in Jersey City, New Jersey.—Photo courtesy Chuck Steenburgh.

Nick Regan’s first game as VMI’s head men’s soccer coach was an exciting one, as the Keydets opened the 2022 season with a 2-2 tie at Saint Peter’s University in nonconference play Thursday, Aug. 25, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

VMI struck first and went into the half ahead 2-1, getting goals from Nathan Lam ’23 and Jakub Mihulka ’24. Ultimately, they earned a draw on the road 2-2.

Inside the Box Score
* Nathan Lam ’23 (29th minute), Jakub Mihulka ’24 (45th minute) each find back of the net
* Josh Lam ’23 dishes out assist in 79 minutes played
* Gabe Calhoun ’23 collects four saves in his first career start
* VMI registers seven shots total with three shots on goal

From Coach Regan
“Credit to every member of this team, from those who played today to those cheering from the touch lines,” said Nick Regan, VMI men’s soccer head coach. “We are changing the mentality of this program. We fought hard and deserved more from the game. It says a lot that this group is disappointed in coming away with a tie. The standards are being raised, and this kind of performance a long way from home bodes well as we build for Longwood next week.”

How it Happened
Viktor Petrusevski ’25, a 3rd Class cadet, was taken down inside the box at the 28:18 mark of the first half and Lam, 1st Class cadet captain, converted the ensuing penalty kick to open a 1-0 lead. Saint Peter’s answered with a penalty kick goal from Reiss Skeen in the 37th minute.

With 52 seconds left in the first half, Mihulka took a feed from Lam and sent it into the top right corner of the net to again put VMI up a goal.

The Keydets held the one-goal lead until Mikkel Fodstad scored an unassisted tally with 14 minutes on the game clock. VMI had an opportunity to net a potential game-winner with just over a minute left on a 4-on-3 chance, but the Peacock defense broke up the scoring threat before the Keydets could get a shot on goal.