Milton Gooding Named NEWMAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming on the heels of an undefeated season in league play, MIT men's soccer head coach Milton Gooding was voted the Coach of the Year for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). In addition, the Engineers saw Christian Therkelsen, Zachary Kabelac, and Ben Lewis earn All-Conference First Team honors while Jonathan Tebes received a spot on the Second Team.
During his four-year tenure at MIT, Gooding has amassed an overall record of 43-21-6 resulting in the highest winning percentage in the program's history. His teams have compiled a home ledger of 25-5-3, two undefeated seasons on Roberts Field, and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008.
Therkelsen became the second men's soccer player in Institute history to collect First-Team accolades four years in a row. He registered a team-high eight assists to go along with four goals for 16 points. Therkelsen paced the NEWMAC in assists per game, was tied for second in assists, and ranked fifth in points per game. He closed his career placing second in points (99), third in goals (37), and fourth in assists (25).
Kabelac, a three-time First-Team pick, led the Engineers in scoring with eight goals and added an assist resulting in 17 points. In the league, he was tied for third in goals per game and game-winning goals, placed fourth in points per game, tied for fifth in goals, and tied for eighth in points.
A Second-Team selection last year, Lewis's solid play in the midfield and on defense generated four goals, including two game-winners, and an assist while also helping set an Institute record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 13.
Tebes rounded out the Cardinal and Gray with his first conference accolade courtesy of his steady presence in the midfield. During his rookie campaign, he contributed four goals, including a game-winning tally, and an assist totaling nine points.