MCC soccer teams announce NJCAA honored players

Metropolitan Community College wraps up the Fall 2016 soccer season with National Junior College Athletic Association honors for some of its players.

Here are the NJCAA Region XVI First and Second Team honorees from the MCC-Blue River Trail Blazers and MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs.

MCC-Blue River Trail Blazers, men’s team (6-12-1 season, Region XVI Semi-finalist):

  • First Team:
    • Zion Hartzler (sophomore)
  • Second Team:
    • Hakim Hemada (freshman)

MCC-Blue River Trail Blazers, women’s team (9-7-2 season, Region XVI Finalist):

  • First Team:
    • Sara Simpson (sophomore)
    • Cali Fournier (sophomore)
    • Brooke Howe (freshman)
  • Second Team:
    • Lindsey Davis (sophomore)

Trail Blazers head coach David Owens on the honorees: 

  • “Zion and Hakim are great examples of the diversity the soccer program brings to the MCC-Blue River campus.  Zion, along with his identical twin brother Shon, is originally from Uganda and Hakim is from Egypt.  Although each earned their All-Region selections by excelling on the field of play, more importantly, they are great people who bring a diversity of cultural and life experiences that enhance the MCC-Blue River soccer program and campus.””
  • “For Cali, Sara and Brooke, the key word is leadership.  The MCC-Blue River program went from 4-11-1 and a first round playoff loss in 2015 to a 9-7-2 record and top seed in the NJCAA Region XVI tournament.  Although the Trail Blazers lost on penalty kicks in the NJCAA Region XVI final, the leadership, character and high level of play of these student-athletes was instrumental to the program’s turnaround in 2016.  They will be missed next year!”

Trail Blazers class photos:

Zion Hartzler
Zion Hartzler
Hakim Hemada
Hakim Hemada
Sara Simpson
Sara Simpson
Cali Fournier
Cali Fournier
Brooke Howe
Brooke Howe
Lindsey Davis
Lindsey Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs, men’s team (1-14-1 season):

  • Second Team:
    • Muhammed Sanyang (freshman)
    • Jesse Jasso (sophomore)

Monarchs head men’s coach Oumar Seck on the honorees: 

  • “Jesse and Muhammed have been outstanding players and great leaders for the Monarchs this season. With all the dedication and hard work they put on and off the field, they both deserve the recognition of being part of the Region XVI’s ALL-Region teams.”

MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs, women’s team (3-8-3: season, Region XVI Semi-finalist):

  • First Team
    • Stevee Naudett (sophomore)
    • Allie Simpson (sophomore)
  • Second Team
    • Mikayla Spires (freshman)
    • Marianna Lopez (freshman)

Monarchs head women’s coach Timo Kibune on the honorees: 

  • “Stevee Naudett, team captain, had a great year and led by example. She is headed to Southwest Baptist in Bolivar on a soccer scholarship. Allie Simpson, assistant captain, made it to the first team for the second year. She was a force this year and an inspiration to our offense the entire season. Allie and Stevee brought great leadership to our young team on and off the field and there is no doubt they are on the right path as young adults. Mikayla Spires’ hard work and enthusiasm was incomparable, playing almost every minute of every game. Marianna Lopez, was our top scorer and second with assists. These girls represent what our program is all about. Success inside and outside the classroom,  coupled with a lot of hard work and giving back to the community.”

Monarchs class photos:

Muhammed Sanyang
Muhammed Sanyang
Jesse Jasso
Jesse Jasso
Stevee Naudett
Stevee Naudett
Allie Simpson
Allie Simpson
Mikayla Spires
Mikayla Spires
Marina Lopez
Marina Lopez