The Montgomery County Community College athletic department is proud to announce the Fall 2012 induction of three women's soccer players into the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (PTK). Those selected are Liz Keegan (Pennsburg, Pa.), Einas Madi (Norristown, Pa.) and Liz Mencel (North Wales, Pa.).
Phi Theta Kappa, officially founded in 1918, is the international honor society for two-year colleges, specialized academic courses and Associate-degree granting programs offered by four-year institutions. To be considered for membership, students must typically sustain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and complete at least 12 transferable credits.
Since the reinstatement of the Mustangs athletic program in 2008, 19 student-athletes have been entered into this prestigious realm, half of whom have been members of the women's soccer team.
In the Mustangs' provisional 2008-09 season, women's soccer player Stephanie Doran (North Wales, Pa.) became the first student-athlete inducted into PTK. Doran played soccer for the Mustangs in Fall 2008 and 2009. She notched a career total of 17 goals and 6 assists, helping her team earn a spot in the 2009 NJCAA Region 19 playoffs. She was named Student-Athlete of the Year for her contributions and subsequently served as Assistant Coach in the 2010 season.
The following year five more athletes were inducted into PTK, including women's soccer players Nicole Behrens (North Wales, Pa.) and Samantha Keegan (Pennsburg, Pa.). Behrens graduated in 2010 with an associate's degree in General Studies and transferred to Gwynedd-Mercy College. Samantha Keegan is Elizabeth Keegan's sister. She graduated with a General Studies degree in 2011.
In 2010-11, eight Mustangs were inducted into the PTK Honor Society. The Fall 2010 semester inductees included women's soccer player Megan Doran (North Wales, Pa.), sister of previous year inductee, Stephanie. Megan Doran was named Most Valuable Player on the soccer team for the Fall 2010 season and graduated from the College in Spring 2011. She currently attends Temple University.
Doran was joined by women's soccer player Samantha Caltabiano (East Greenville, Pa.) in the Spring semester. Caltabiano earned the Most Improved Player award for her contributions while on the 2011 women's soccer squad. She transferred to Texas A & M University to major in International Studies with concentrations in Politics and Diplomacy, Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic.
One additional women's soccer player was inducted into the Honor Society in the 2011-12 academic year. Kaitlyn Kelley (Harleysville, Pa.) is a current first-year member of the team. She plays midfield for the Mustangs and is enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program at the College.
This Fall's induction of three women's soccer team members comes in conjunction with the program's recent on-field achievements. After an almost win-less season in 2011, the Mustangs were able to earn a near-500 record, just missing a spot in the NJCAA Region 19 playoffs.
"The women's soccer team is making great strides here at the College," comments Director of Athletics Bruce Bach. "These women are hard-workers in their sport, and put even more time and effort into their academic and community service endeavors. I wouldn't be surprised to see the team make some great headlines for our athletics program next year."
Keegan, Mencel and Madi made significant contributions to the team's successes. In addition to being valuable players on the field, they led the Mustangs in the classroom as well.
Liz Keegan, a sophomore majoring in Liberal Studies, played goalkeeper and forward for the Mustangs in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. She recorded five shutouts and is currently ranked 14th in the country for earning a 0.861 save percentage this past season. Keegan is also a forward on the women's basketball team.
Liz Mencel is a second year sophomore on the women's soccer team as well. She is a General Studies major who contributed as a midfielder in 2011 and 2012. Mencel is from North Wales, Pa. and attended North Penn High School prior to coming to the College.
Einas Madi is a freshman midfielder on the women's soccer team. She attended Ontario Secondary School and currently resides in Norristown, Pa. She is majoring in Computer Science.
The additional student-athletes, inducted into PTK since 2008, are women's basketball players Jenn Kopsie (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and Hannah Burkhardt (Escondido, Ca.); men's soccer players Christian Pastor (Souderton, Pa.), Nick Igbokwe (Worcester Township, Pa.) and Mustafa Mohammed (Conshohocken, Pa.); volleyball players Corey Trego (Spring-Ford, Pa.) and Amanda Slook (Souderton, Pa.); and baseball players Mike Suder (Schwenksville, Pa.), Nate Rovenolt (Selinsgrove, Pa.), and Jay Kluka (Norristown, Pa.).