CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT men's soccer seniors Andrew Fijan (West Chester, Pa.) and Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.) were named to the 2013 New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) All-Stars Team on Wednesday. In addition to being named to the team, they were also selected to play in the All-Stars game that will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Harvard University.
The NEISL is run by coaches of college soccer programs in the New England region. Only seniors are eligible for this particular award and the player must have had an impact on their team this season in order to be nominated. Only five other MIT men's soccer players have been named All-Stars in the program's history, the last of which being Zach Kabelac '12 and Max Stein-Golenbock '12 in 2011.
Fijan, who was just named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Second Team All-Conference, has played and started in all but one game this season, scoring his lone goal of the season in MIT's 7-0 win against Framingham State University at the end of last month. He is a pivotal part of the MIT defense that has allowed just 23 goals so far this season.
Monheit, who also just received his first NEWMAC All-Conference nod, being named to the First Team, is second on the team with his eight goals and 24 points and first with eight assists. He is also tied for fourth in the conference in assists. He scored MIT's only goal against Coast Guard in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament this past weekend and was one of the five Engineers to convert a penalty kick to advance over the Bears to the finals.
This news comes two days after the Engineers received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament. Tech will continue its season at Williams College this weekend, facing Western New England University on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11:00 a.m.