Cambridge, Mass. (February 7) - After being named to the United Soccer Coaches Division III Women's Soccer All-America Third Team back in November, MIT junior midfielder Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has been named to the D3Soccer.com All-America Second Team. Struckman is the first student-athlete in program history to be recognized by D3Soccer.com.
Struckman, who was one of 33 women's soccer student-athletes from across Division III to be named to this year's D3Soccer.com All-America teams, was the only representative from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The junior was joined by Rubii Tamen of Amherst College as well as Sarah Kelly and Olivia Barnhill from Williams College as the representatives from the New England region.
In 23 games this year with the Engineers, Struckman registered a career-high 15 goals and 30 points. Her 15 goals led the offensive effort for MIT in 2018, put her at sixth in the record book for most goals in a single season and ranked second in the NEWMAC, while her 30 points was third-best in the league this season.
Her offense helped the Engineers rank inside the top-nine nationally in total goals, total assists, total points and shots on goal per game. Individually, she had a shot on goal percentage of .679 as she took a total of 35 shots and 23 of those were directed on net. Additionally, four of her 15 goals were game-winners, which came against Bridgewater State University, Wheaton College, Springfield College during the regular season and Coast Guard in the NEWMAC semifinals.
Struckman adds this honor to her long list of awards this year as the junior was previously been named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third Team, to the United Soccer Coaches All-New England First Team, as the 2018 NEWMAC Athlete of the Year, to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team. The junior also guided MIT to an overall record of 17-3-3 overall, a mark of 9-0-1 in league games, a season-high national ranking of No. 13, to its second straight NEWMAC Championship title and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-time in program history.
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