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Bobby Thalman

School

Yale

Position
Goalkeeper
Major
Political Science

Classroom

Thalman has a 3.27 grade point average at Yale as a political science major with a concentration in International Security Studies. He plans to attend law school following graduation.

Character

Thalman was elected captain of the 2012 Yale men’s soccer team. Yale has only one captain for each of its 35 varsity sports. In 2009, Thalman travelled to Peru on a community service trip to aid in the construction of schools.

Community

Thalman volunteered with Soccer Without Borders in his native Colorado this summer. He has been working with mainly Somali and Burmese children, coaching them and providing educational advice. He is also part of the Yale men’s soccer outreach program, which mentors underprivileged New Haven area children.

Competition

Thalman has played 3,061 of a possible 3,185 minutes in the Yale goal in the last two seasons. He was a second team All-Ivy selection last fall. He led the Ivy League in save percentage (.852) and saves (92), started all 17 games and posted three shutouts. As a sophomore in 2010, Thalman tied for third in the Ivy League in saves - 30 of his saves came in Ivy games, which was the most in the league. He is the recipient of the Frank J. Dunne Award as the team’s most improved player. He has a career 1.22 goals against average.