Industrial engineering major Moa Mattsson, a forward on the UMass Amherst women's soccer team, earned CoSIDA Academic All-Region First Team laurels, as announced by the organization recently. Mattsson led the Minutewomen with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists while earning a 3.96 GPA in the classroom. Mattsson has also been recognized by the A-10 Conference for her success on the field and in the classroom this season, earning All-Atlantic 10 First Team and Academic All-Conference awards.
The Uppsala, Sweden, native is just the fifth Minutewoman in program history to collect All-A-10 accolades in each of her first two seasons, earning a second team selection as a freshman in 2011. She was also included on the 2011 NSCAA Women's Division 1 All-Mid-Atlantic Region team.
Before coming to UMass Amherst, Mattsson was a member of the U19 Swedish National Team, making her international debut in September of 2010, when she played playing all 90 minutes of a 4-0 win over Slovakia.
Mattsson's 29 points on the year are the most by a Minutewoman since Emma Kurowski, the UMass all-time points leader, recorded 32 as a senior in 1999 on her way to Atlantic 10 Player of the Year recognition. Mattsson’s two-goal game against Duquesne in the regular season finale marked her third four-point match of the season.
The converted midfielder, in her first season up front, started all 20 games for the Minutewomen and ranks 10th in the nation in game-winning goals with five, tied for second in the A-10. Entering the A-10 Tournament, Mattsson ranked in the top-five in the conference for goals (t-2nd), points (3rd), points per-game (4th), and goals per-game (t-5th).
As her UMass coach, Ed Matz, said in a recent Collegian article about Mattsson, "It's rare that you see all these attributes in someone so young. You would think she was 23 or 24 years old. But she's not. She's just like all the other freshmen and sophomores that are here on campus.”
Later in the article, he added that "I'm not sure I've ever coached someone who is as well-rounded academically, socially, and athletically as her.”
Link to Collegian article: http://www.umassathletics.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/110212aaa.html. (November 2012)