Two members of the ECC soccer team have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2015 Scholar All-American Second Team for their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.
Goalkeeper Zeke Little and midfielder Matt Hampton were two of the 11 students names to the Second Team. To be named to a Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his career; start more than 50 percent of all games; be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member.
Little achieved a 3.6 GPA and Hampton achieved a 3.4 GPA.
The academic honors come on the heels of recognition for accomplishments on the pitch this season.
Freshman defender Darren Hamilton was an NJCAA All-American Third Team selection, becoming the sixth soccer NJCAA All-American in program history.
Hamilton anchored one of the stingiest defenses in ECC history. The Falcons didn’t give up many goals as they marched to a 16-4-1 season record and finished runners-up in Region 16 for the second straight year. Hamilton was also named First Team All-Region 16 and First Team All-Conference.
Other First Team All-Region selections were Alejandro Garcia and Archibald Darko-Boateng, while Second Team All-Region selections included Hampton and Jacob Moore. Falcons on the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference First Team include Hamilton, Hampton and Boateng. Named to the Second Team were Garcia, Moore and Joseph Drake.