Kansas City, Mo. (October 4) – The MIT women's soccer team posted the second best cumulative grade point average among all NCAA Division III women's soccer programs last year as the Engineers earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the third straight year, when the organization announced its selections this morning.
The United Soccer Coaches organization recognizes college and high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom and on the field. A total of 773 teams – 484 women's and 289 men's – posted a team grade point average of 3.00 or higher, thus earning the College Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 academic year. Among the 773 soccer programs, MIT was one of 191 schools that earned both the men's and the women's awards. As a team, the MIT women's soccer program registered a 3.70 grade point average, which ranked just behind Whitworth University for the top spot in Division III.
MIT earned the College Team Award for the eighth-time in program history in 2018 and for the third straight year as the Engineers were also honored with the accolade previously in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017.
In 2017, the MIT women's soccer team had its best season in program history as the Engineers went 20-2-1 overall, 9-0-1 in conference play and won its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship title since 2012. After the Engineers won their fourth title in program history and their sixth straight regular season crown, MIT defeated Castleton and Middlebury at home in the NCAA Tournament. In total, MIT broke seven team records including win percentage, most wins, longest win streak, most wins to start a season, goals, assists and points and also broke the program record for highest national ranking as MIT finished ranked No. 12 in the final poll of the season.
This year's squad, which is currently 8-2-1 overall and 3-0-0 in the NEWMAC, returns to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Mount Holyoke College for a 2:00 pm start.