Highlights from the celebration of the NIU men's soccer team's 1-0 win over Western Michigan
2012: Appeared in all 20 matches, making 17 starts. Scored on goal, the game-winner against Buffalo, and recorded one assist, against Drake. Registered 39 shots, including a season-high five against UW Milwaukee and Florida Atlantic. Played a season-high 95 minutes against Rhode Island.
2011: Named to the All-MAC Second Team and the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team. Also earned NIU/adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team recognition. Appeared in all 21 matches, including 20 starts. Recorded nine points, two goals and five assists. Registered both of his goals in a 4-0 victory over Portland. Assisted on goals against Saint Louis, Oakland, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Western Illinois. Played a full 90 minutes in three matches. Finished the season with 38 total shots, 15 on goal.
2010: Saw action in seven games. Recorded two shots, one against DePaul and one against Western Michigan.
Luzzi on Darbaki: "Karim is a player who has an amazingly high ceiling. He has been playing and living at Shattuck-St. Mary's for the last three years in a very intense academic and soccer environment. He has a wonderful pedigree in the game, as his father (Youssef) was a professional player and a member of the Moroccan National Team. Karim has the technical ability, vision, and athletic potential to have a great impact on our team, and to eventually continue playing after college."
High School: Attended and played soccer at Shattuck St. Mary's High School in Crystal, Minn.
Personal: Son of Tricia and Youssef Darbaki... Father had an extensive professional soccer career and played for the Moroccan National Team... Born on April 7th, 1992... Helped coach soccer camps for local youth... Admires Usain Bolt for being the best in the world at what he does.