Second-year sophomore Stephen Akot was honored by the NJCAA Region 16 by being named the NJCAA Region 16 DII Men’s Soccer Player of the Year. The award goes to the player receiving the most votes from the region coaches at the conclusion of the regular season. Akot in his 3rd season at East Central College, after last year’s Covid season didn’t count against eligibility, elected to stay one more semester before graduating this December. His first sophomore year was hampered by an ankle injury and he felt he needed to stay at ECC to prove himself.

A native of Dronten, Netherlands, Akot has been a model student in the classroom, student worker and athlete during his tenure as a Falcon. He will be graduating with an associate’s degree and plans to either return to the Netherlands or find a job anywhere in the world who will hire him. He loves his home country, but is up to exploring more opportunities before he officially has to become an adult with a job.

On top of his great digital social media work for the soccer team, he has his own fashion line called “Merch” specializing in casual wear with a design flare as he makes specialty T-shirts and hoodies. A very talented person, Akot hopes to combine his passions into a future profession in business and fashion.

The stat line on Akot goes as follows:

2019       6 Goals          2 Assists         14 Points

2020       1 Goal            0 Assists           2 Points

2021      15 Goals         5 Assists          35 Points

21 Goals        7 Assists          51 Points

Akot’s 15 goals this season tie him for #11 all-time with former teammate Arman Kovac 2019 and NJCAA 2nd Team All-American Jacob Moore 2015. Also, his 21 goals tie him for 9th all-time in goals scored for a career in the East Central College soccer record books.

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