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MIT's Sophia Struckman Named United Soccer Coaches All-American

MIT's Sophia Struckman Named United Soccer Coaches All-American

This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information. 

Kansas City, Mo. (November 29)- For the first time in her collegiate career, MIT junior midfielder Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has been named to the United Soccer Coaches Division III Women's Soccer All-America Third Team as the association released its selections tonight at the NCAA Championship banquet in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Struckman becomes the fourth student-athlete and fifth overall selection in MIT women's soccer program history to be named an All-American. The junior followed in her sister's footsteps as Olivia Struckman '18 earned her first All-America honor a season ago. On top of the pair of Struckman's, Ambika Krishnamachar '14and Emily Kuo '12 have accounted for the other three All-America accolades in program history. 

S. Struckman, who was one of 49 women's soccer student-athletes from across Division III to be named an All-American, was the only representative from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on the three teams and was one of six student-athletes chosen from the region. S. Struckman was joined by Sarah Kelly and Sydney Jones of Williams College, Clare Robinson and Jane Devito of Middlebury College and Rubii Tamen of Amherst College from New England on the All-America teams this season.

In 23 games this year with the Engineers, S. 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 is one more than her sister scored a season ago. Her 15 goals also ranked second in the NEWMAC, while her 30 points was third-best in the league this season. 

S. Struckman's offense helped the Engineers rank inside the top-ninenationally 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 56 shots and 38 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.

S. 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-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.