Akpan, Nyamekye Named ECAC Men’s Soccer All-Stars

Akpan, Nyamekye Named ECAC Men’s Soccer All-Stars

Pictured: Kwaku Nyamekye was a four-year starter for the Crimson.
Photo courtesy: Alexios Nicolaos Monopolis

Seniors Andre Akpan and Kwaku Nyamekye of the Harvard men’s soccer team have been named to the ECAC Division I Men’s Soccer All-Star team, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. Akpan was honored on the first team, while Nyamekye garnered a spot on the second team.

An Academic All-Ivy League choice this season, Akpan, a co-captain of the Crimson from Grand Prairie, Texas, was tabbed the Ivy League Player of the Year and was an unanimous choice to the All-Ivy League first team. Akpan, a nominee for Soccer News Net Player of the Year, also earned a nod to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Year. He concluded his career as Harvard’s all-time leading scorer with 127 points and was first in career assists with 33. Akpan, a forward, tied Chris Ohiri ’64 for first in program history with 47 goals. This fall, Akpan led Harvard with 12 goals, including four game-winning tallies, and 30 points.

Nyamekye, a native of Geneva, Switzerland, earned his fourth All-Ivy League nod this year after being an unanimous selection to the first team. He started all 19 games for the Crimson this fall at defense, helping the Crimson hold opponents to only 15 goals. Nyamekye also scored a key goal in Harvard’s 2-1 win over Dartmouth Oct. 31, propelling Harvard to first place in the Ancient Eight.

Harvard won the Ivy League title this fall and finished the season with a 14-4-1 record, while advancing to the third round of the NCAA tournament.