|High School:||Hartwick College|
2012: The 2012 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, Tirkkonen played in 17 matches scoring a team high nine goals with two assists for 20 points. He was also named First Team All-Conference. He was second in the league in goals, third in points and second in game-winning goals (5). He scored multiple goals against Barton (10/4) and North Greenville (10/17). He was named First Team All-Southeast Region by Daktronics and by the NSCAA.
2011: A 2011 Conference Carolinas All-Tournament team selection, Tirkkonen was third on the team in points with 11. He scored four goals and had three assists. He had a season high three points with a goal and an assist against Francis Marion and scored a goal against Mount Olive, St. Andrews and Limestone. He played in 17 games, starting six during the 2011 season.
Other College: A transfer from Hartwick College, Niko played in seven games for the Hawks in 2010, starting in three of them. He recorded two shots on goal.
Prior to College: Tirkkonen has represented Finland’s U18 national team in Slovakia and Portugal and was a national youth runner-up with FC Reipas. He also competed with City Stars, HYPS, and FC Lahti Academy. He attended Salpausselan Lukio.
Personal: Son of Merja and Jari Tirkkonen.
|Oct 13||Erskine||W, 1-0|
|Oct 17||North Greenville||W, 3-0|
|Oct 20||Queens (N.C.)||W, 2-1|
|Oct 23||at Mount Olive||T, 0-0|
|Oct 27||Limestone||W, 2-1|
|Oct 30||Queens (N.C.)||L, 2-1|
|Aug 30||at Fla. Southern||W, 2-1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Sep 1||at Flagler||L, 3-2||1||0||2||2||.500||0-0||0|
|Sep 4||Florida Tech||L, 2-1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 12||at Anderson (S.C.)||W, 2-1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Sep 19||at King (Tenn.)||W, 1-0||1||0||2||1||1.000||0-0||1|
|Sep 22||at Pfeiffer||W, 2-0||1||0||2||2||.500||0-0||0|
|Sep 26||at Francis Marion||W, 1-0||1||0||2||3||.333||0-0||1|
|Sep 29||at Lees-McRae||L, 1-0||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 4||Barton||W, 4-2||2||2||6||4||.500||0-0||1|
|Oct 6||Shorter||W, 4-3||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 10||at Belmont Abbey||W, 1-0||1||0||2||3||.333||0-0||1|
|Oct 13||Erskine||W, 1-0||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 17||North Greenville||W, 3-0||2||0||4||8||.250||0-0||1|
|Oct 20||Queens (N.C.)||W, 2-1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 23||at Mount Olive||T, 0-0||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Oct 27||Limestone||W, 2-1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Oct 30||Queens (N.C.)||L, 2-1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|