Ariyo, Zervas notch All-American honors

MCC women's soccer players Roosa Ariyo, left, and Thenia Zervas were named NJCAA All-Americans.
MCC's Roosa Ariyo, left, and Thenia Zervas were named NJCAA All-Americans.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - A pair of MCC sophomores were announced as women's soccer All-Americans by the National Junior College Athletic Association Wednesday afternoon.

Forward Roosa Ariyo was named to the Division I first team, while midfielder Thenia Zervas earned second team honors.

Ariyo (Helsinki, Finland) had a record-breaking season for the Tribunes. The nation's leader in goals and points, Ariyo rewrote the storied record books for Monroe.  She set new team marks for goals in a game (8), goals in a season (55), and goals in a career (79). Ariyo also established new MCC standards for single-season points (128) and career points (182). She is a two-time All-Region 3 selection.

Many of Ariyo's goal-scoring plays started on the foot of Zervas, as the midfielder from Kalamata, Greece was a consistent playmaker in the center of the pitch. She led the nation with 37 assists, which set a new Monroe single-season mark. She also set team records for assists in a game (8), and assists in a career (58). She was named the 2018 Region III Player of the Year.

Ariyo and Zervas helped guide the Tribunes to a 15-5-0 record, the Region 3, Region 12, and North Central District championships, and an appearance at the NJCAA Division I national tournament.