Nick Markanich wins second consecutive MAC Player of the Week award


CLEVELAND – Nick markanich (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) of the Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team has been named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week for the second week in a row, the league office said on Monday. September. Markanich scored four goals last week in two wins over Milwaukee and Western Illinois.

In Game 1 of the week, NIU’s annual Lewang Cup clash against Milwaukee (September 14), Markanich scored NIU’s second goal in the 71st minute of a 4-0 victory over the Panthers. The victory helped the Huskies retain the traveling trophy they have now held since 2018.

Four days later against Western Illinois (Sept. 18), Markanich scored a first-half hat trick in a 6-0 win over the Leathernecks. The Bourbonnais, Ill. Elder scored in the 12th, 36th and 39th minutes to win a Huskie’s first hat trick since Bernhard Hagevik scored three goals against Marshall on Oct. 25, 2002.

With his four goals last week, Markanich now has nine goals and 19 points this season, both of which are home leaders. He has scored in five straight games, dating back to Sept. 4 against St. Thomas (Minn.), And is ranked seventh in program history with 69 career points (32 goals, five assists).

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Markanich and the Huskies go 6-1 in Bridgeview, Ill., To face Chicago State. Kick-off against the Cougars is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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