Cambridge, Mass. (November 27) - MIT women's soccer senior Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) and junior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) have been named to the United Soccer Coaches All-New England First Team as the association released its selections late last night.
For Nichols, this marks her second straight All-Region First Team award, while Struckman earned her first nod to the All-New England team this fall as the duo became the 31st and 32nd All-Region selections in program history. Additionally, Nichols and Struckman were two of nine student-athletes selected from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. Springfield had three honorees, MIT and Coast Guard had two and WPI and Clark had one apiece.
Nichols, who adds this accolade to her NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year award, was one of the best defenders in New England all season. Nichols guided the Engineers to a goals against average of 0.79 and to ten shutouts, both of which were best in the league in 2018. Offensively, Nichols tallied four goals and one assist for nine points. The senior captain was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference squad this fall.
Struckman was a key piece of the MIT offensive unit in 2018 as she registered a career-high 15 goals to lead the Engineers. Her goal total ranked second in the NEWMAC and her 30 points landed her third in the conference. Struckman played in all 23 games as a junior and was recently named as the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year for the first time in her career earlier in November.
Nichols and Struckman guided the Engineers to their second straight NEWMAC title and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-time in program history as MIT closed 2018 with a record of 17-3-3 overall.