Cambridge, Mass. (December 14) –The MIT women's soccer team set yet another new program record with five selections to this year's New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-Region teams. Junior Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) received the most number of votes across all three teams and was placed on the First Team. She was joined on the First Team by sophomore Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) and senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.), while senior Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas) earned a spot on the Second Team and junior Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) earned a spot on the Third Team.
All five Engineers, who were also named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference teams, guided MIT to its best season in program history after the team claimed its first conference championship since 2011, reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 and registered 20 wins for the first time in program history. Additionally, the five student-athletes led MIT to its highest national ranking in program history as the Engineers were No. 12 in the final United Soccer Coaches Division III poll of the season.
Berzolla, Struckman and Apostol were three key members of the offensive attack for MIT. Berzolla and Struckman were also the first Engineers to reach 30+ points in a single season since Alisha Lussiez '12. Berzolla, who tied the program record for assists tallied seven goals and 16 assists for 30 points, while Struckman registered a career-high 14 goals and three assists for 31 points. Apostol ranked third on the team in points as the junior posted a career-high nine goals and five assists for 23 points this fall.
Nichols and Simmons were part of an MIT defense which notched nine shutouts and had a goals against average of 0.90 this fall, which ranked third in the NEWMAC. On top of their defensive efforts both had great years on the offensive side of the ball. Nichols totaled 13 points with five goals and three assists, while Simmons had four points with a pair of goals.