NIU unable to solve the nation’s third-best defense
2014: Named to the Academic All-MAC Team. Appeared in 14 matches, including two starts. Recorded one shot, against Milwaukee (Sept. 23). Started matches at SMU (Oct. 1) and Loyola-Chicago (Oct. 4), playing a season-high 92 minutes at Loyola.
2013: Appeared in 15 matches, including six starts. Recorded one shot, against Buffalo (Nov. 9). Made his collegiate debut against Cincinnati (Aug. 30), playing 43 minutes, and made his first start against Butler (Sept. 13), playing 55 minutes. Played a season-high 81 minutes against Buffalo (Nov. 9).
High School: Played two varsity seasons at Fort Zumwalt West High School ... Earned all-conference second team honors twice and was twice named the Jaguars offensive MVP ... Scored 16 goals and recorded 12 assists in his two varsity seasons.
Club: Played with the Sporting Kansas City US Soccer Development Academy program ... Won the Missouri state championship in both 2012 and 2010
Personal: Son of Jon and Tracy Lightner ... Born on October 11, 1994, in Chesterfield, Mo. ... Brother, Andrew, plays soccer at Dayton ... Majoring in Mathematics.