29 Adriano Balani
29 Adriano Balani
Height: 5-9
Weight: 155
Year: Senior
Hometown: Durres, Albania
Position: D
Last School: Rilindja HS
Experience: 3L
Club Team: KF Teuta

Statistics:  2017 | 2016 | 2015 2014

2017: Started 12 matches, appearing in 16 overall... Scored one goal and dished out one assist... Scored the lone goal in the win over IUPUI (10/15)... Dished out an assist against Cleveland State (9/30)... Recorded two shots against Cleveland State and IUPUI... Recorded a season-high 106 minutes in the draw with Dayton (9/3)... Had a shot on goal on four occasions... Was part of a Belmont defense that only allowed a program-tying record 22 goals... Logged 1,146 minutes...

2016: Started 14 matches, appearing in 14 overall … Recorded the second most shots on the team with 18 … Recorded four shots on frame … Racked up a season-high four shots versus NKU (10/15) … Played a season-high 110 minutes in Belmont’s draw at Wright State (10) … Finished the season with 1,187 minutes played...

2015: Balani appeared in all 19 matches, starting four ... Added an assist at Virginia Tech (10/27) ... Logged a season-high 90 minutes vs. Campbell (9/13) ... Registered a season-high four shots at Valparaiso (10/24) ...  Finished the year with nine shots and two shots on goal ... 2015-16 Horizon League Academic Honor Roll member for both the Spring and Fall semesters...

2014: Appeared in 18 matches, starting 15 ... Tied for the third most shots on the team with 15 ... His seven shots on goal were the third most on the team ... Posted a season-high three shots in Belmont's matchup at Bradley (10/28/14)... 

Prior to Belmont: Played leading role for Rilindja HS team for Coach Sakuta ... Also played for junior academy team of KF Teuta Durres ... Named defensive midfielder of the year in 2011-12 ... Helped team to U-19 championship...

Personal: Majoring in Computer Science and minoring Entrepreneurship ... Son of Sazan and Majlinda Balani ... Also competed in volleyball, swimming, tennis and cycling ... Earned Durres certificate of cummunity service ... Lists Alessandro Del Piero as favorite athlete...