Women’s soccer goalkeeper Amy Carr notches second MAC Defensive Player of the Week honor

Amy Carr
Amy Carr

Northern Illinois freshman goalkeeper Amy Carr was named Mid-American Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Carr received the player of the week honor for the second time this season after leading the Huskies to a pair of victories that secured NIU’s place in the MAC tournament this past weekend.

The two-time player of the week recipient became just the second Huskie in program history to receive the MAC award twice in a single season, and the first Huskie to be given the honor twice as a freshman. Receiving her second honor of the season, Carr joins the ranks of Huskie Athletics Hall of Famer Anne Mucci, who received player of the week honors twice in both the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

In a stellar performance between the posts, Carr helped the Huskies remained unbeaten in conference play on the Huskies home turf when she registered 10 saves to help NIU to victories over Miami (Ohio) on Friday and Bowling Green on Sunday. 

Amy CarrIn the Huskies first contest of the weekend Carr registered eight saves against MAC East leader Miami, allowing just one goal off a penalty kick, to lead the Huskies to the 2-1 victory. In Sunday’s contest against BGSU Carr recorded two saves to earn her seventh shutout of the season, and help the Huskies improve to 9-7-1 on the season.

With seven shutouts, Carr now ranks third in NIU history for most shutouts in a season and sits in a tie for fourth place in the NIU records books for career shutouts.

Acknowledging Carr as a stronghold of the NIU defense, Northern Illinois women’s soccer head coach Carrie Barker also credits the entire Huskie squad for NIU’s success on the field this season.

“I’m pleased for Amy and the whole team, we’ve been very strong defensively and this recognition is a team award,” said Barker.

NIU (9-7-1, 5-4-1 MAC) will close out its regular season Thursday when the Huskies face-off against Western Michigan on the road, where the Huskies and Broncos will be vying for the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds heading into post-season play. As the Huskies wrap their regular season, they will set their sights on the Mid-American Conference Tournament which commences Sunday with the MAC quarterfinals.

For more information on NIU women’s soccer and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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