Husker soccer star Morgan Marlborough honored

Nebraska forward Morgan Marlborough was named the Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year at the Kansas City Sports Commission's 38th annual Sport KC PROPS ceremony on Wednesday night. The yearly event recognizes local athletes and sports personalities for their achievements and contributions to the Kansas City area.

A native of nearby Lee's Summit, Mo., Marlborough gained the prestigious Sport KC PROPS (People Recognizing Outstanding People of Sports) award following a spectacular freshman season in which she led the conference in goals (21) and points (49) to be named the Big 12 Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year. In addition to tying the school's single-game goal record (4 vs. Akron), Marlborough's 2009 offensive totals ranked fourth and fifth on the NU single-season charts. She will enter the 2010 campaign just five goals away from reaching Nebraska's all-time top 10 list for career goals.

After her record-breaking freshman season, Marlborough spent two months with the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team. During that time, she battled illness on a trip to Guatemala City for the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship, although scored a goal and contributed an assist in the U.S.' 4-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 23.

A 2009 Freshman All-American, Marlborough spent her prep days at Lee's Summit (Mo.) North High School. She ended her career with a state record 232 goals, including a single-season record 69 goals during her senior year to gain Missouri's Gatorade Player of the Year honors.

Also among those honored at the Sport KC PROPS event included current San Diego Chargers running back Darrell Stuckey (Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year), Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (Special Achievement Award for Professional Athletes) and Chiefs Hall of Famer Willie Lanier (Lamar Hunt Lifetime Achievement Award).

Marlborough and the Huskers begin the 2010 season at New Mexico on Aug. 22. Nebraska returns eight starters from last year's squad that went 11-5-4 and finished fourth in the Big 12 Conference.