Soccer’s Mo Smunt named to All-MAC First Team

Mo Smunt
Mo Smunt

Northern Illinois senior defender Mo Smunt was named First Team All-Mid American Conference, the league announce Thursday.

Receiving the honor for the first time in her career, Smunt is the first Huskie to earn an first team All-MAC honor since the 1999 season.

With the All-MAC selection, Smunt became the 14th Huskie in NIU history to be named to an all-conference team for her on-field performance. She is the first Huskie to be named to the All-MAC team since Katie Klaas in 2002, and the first Huskie to be named first team All-MAC member since Renay DeNicolo in 1999.

The honor is a fitting way for the senior to culminate an outstanding career at NIU.

This past season, Smunt started all 19 games with the Huskies. The Huskie captain registered three points, on one goal and one assist, while firing 25 shots and 11 shots on goal. The St. Charles native found the back of the net against MAC foe Western Michigan in the Huskies’ regular-season finale. The Huskie also tallied an assist in NIU’s 1-1 draw against MAC competitor Kent State.

Smunt has also been a vital member of the Huskies defense.

This season, she helped NIU to seven shutouts to rank third among MAC contenders with shutouts this season. The Huskies’ seven shutouts rank tied for third in program history for shutouts in a single season. As a member of the Huskie defense, Smunt helped hold NIU opponents to a 0.390 shot on goal percentage and helped the huskies go undefeated at home in conference play.

“It’s been a great pleasure working with Mo these past three years,” Northern Illinois head women’s soccer coach Carrie Barker said. “I’m very happy she’s been selected for this award by my fellow MAC coaches.”

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

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