Markou named NSCAA Player of the Year

Markou named NSCAA Player of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - MCC freshman Eleni Markou was recognized Thursday as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Women's Player of the Year.

Markou (Kastoria, Greece) added to her list of accolades after a tremendously successful 2016 season. The forward was recently named an NJCAA first team All-American as well as the Region III Player of the Year after leading Monroe (14-3-3) to Region III and District E titles and a trip to the national tournament.

Freshman midfielder Elin Eklund (Gothenburg, Sweden) joined Markou as a first team NSCAA All-American, while sophomore keeper Caitie Broderick (Spencerport, NY) made the second team.

Markou finished the season with 29 goals, 11 assists, and 69 points. Her goal total was good for No. 6 in the country, and she was seventh in total points.  Markou scored two or more goals in a game on 10 different occasions and finished with five hat tricks. She was named to the all-tournament team at nationals.

Eklund was a first team All-Region III selection and also made the national all-tournament team. She finished the season with 15 goals, 10 assists, and 40 points.

Broderick was a two-time, first team All-Region III performer and was a second-team NJCAA All-American as well. She logged nearly 1,500 minutes in goal during the 2016 season, allowing just 14 shots past her for a 0.86 goals against average.