Matthew Gilson of Cumberland, a senior at Mount Saint Charles Academy, signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Assumption College and play soccer. With his parents, Karen and George Gilson, by his side, Matthew signed his letter at Mount this week.
While at Mount Saint Charles, Gilson served as co-captain of his soccer team, was named MVP of the 2012 season, was First Team All-Division, and was also a nominee for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Student of the Month honor for the northern region. Currently, he plays for an indoor recreational soccer league and he is a member of the RI Premier Soccer Club. His coach at the club, Ryan Levesque, also works at Assumption and will be Gilson’s coach in college.
“We are really excited for him,” his mom said. “He worked really hard. Matt’s been dedicated to soccer since he was 4 years old. Outside of Mount, he’s been in other soccer clubs, so he’s worked very hard at it. Academically, he’s also managed to be an honors student and have a part-time job at Nike in Wrentham.”
Gilson has been at Mount since the 7th grade. “We were interested in sending Matt to a private school,” Gilson’s dad recalled. “He did athletic summer camps at Mount and really enjoyed them. Mount was also the best educational opportunity so our family took advantage of it since he had every chance to succeed.” Gilson said, “It’s been great here. All of my teachers have been really good to me. Plus, Mount has always been in the top 3 soccer teams. I started under Fr. Charlie when I was in junior high and always wanted to work up to the next level. Playing in college was always on my mind. In school, I took honors and AP Classes and always had a rigorous schedule so I feel very well prepared for my future education.”
While at Assumption, Gilson will be majoring in Biology with his focus being in the medical field so he can become a doctor. “I felt comfortable from my first time on the Assumption campus. I really liked that they had built the new Testa Science Center and I liked the people. When I was introduced to the soccer team, I felt like I fit right in,” Gilson said. “I’m feeling very relieved that I know where I am going to college and I am excited to be playing soccer for the next four years.”