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Goalie Amy Carr named second team All-MAC, junior is first NIU keeper selected for honor

November 2, 2012
Amy Carr

Amy Carr

Following a historic season between the sticks, Northern Illinois goalkeeper Amy Carr was named second-team All-Mid American Conference Thursday.

The Hemel Hempstead, England, native is NIU’s first-ever All-MAC selection at goalkeeper and the first player voted all-conference since Mo Smunt in 2010 (first team, D).

“This is a great thing for Amy and the program,” said head coach John Ross. “She is a big part of our team, our defense, and she keeps us organized in the back. Whether it’s training sessions or lifting, Amy shows up and works extremely hard and with her attitude and work rate. It’s certainly paid off for her this season.”

The junior started 17 matches for the Huskies during the season in net and made 18 total appearances, missing only the Mid-American Conference quarterfinal due to an injury sustained in the regular season finale at Toledo. She finished the season 8-8-2 (.500) with six clean sheets, 53 saves and a goals against average of 0.89 for the year.

Carr’s season goals against average was the second-lowest in program history. She became only the second player in NIU history to carry a goals against average under 1.00. Lindsey Curnock was the other, finishing under one point in 2007 (0.53) and in 2008 (0.97). The six shutouts recorded with Carr in net were the most by the team since finishing with seven in 2010.

Of her 16 goals allowed this season, three were from the penalty spot. During the course of five games (Sept. 9-28), Carr recorded three shutouts and only allowed two goals, both on penalty kicks.

In the all-time Huskie annals, Carr is second in career shutouts with 15. Curnock’s 25 shutouts are the NIU record and are fifth-most in MAC history.

Carr was the only NIU player selected this season. Central Michigan’s Stefanie Turner was the first team goalkeeper, finishing No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference in most goalkeeper categories, including shutouts (10) and goals against average (0.69).

Northern Illinois ended its 2012 season 8-9-2, a 400 percent improvement from last season’s 2-15-2 finish behind the first-year gaffer Ross. The team finished with a positive goal differential (20 GF, 19 GA) for the first time since 2007 (19 GF, 15 GA).

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