This week's honorees are Cristina Alvarez and Giovanni Garcia.
2015: Earned Academic All-MAC honors … Played in all 15 games, including 10 starts … Played a season-high 97 minutes at Eastern Illinois (Sept. 29) … Scored two goals … Tallied NIU’s first goal in a 3-2 overtime victory at Marquette (Sept. 18) … Also scored the overtime winner in the 97th minute at Bowling Green (Oct. 3) … Recorded 16 total shots, including seven on target … Had a season-high four shots at Marquette (Sept. 18).
2014: Appeared in 12 matches, including three starts … Tallied his first collegiate point with an assist in a 4-1 victory over SIU Edwardsville (Oct. 22) … Made his first collegiate appearance against Hofstra (Aug. 29), playing 31 minutes … Made his first career start at Western Michigan (Oct. 18), playing the full 90 minutes … Also started conference matches against Buffalo (Oct. 25) and Akron (Nov. 1).
Prior to NIU: Three-year varsity letter winner at Elk Grove High School ... Earned first team All-Mid Suburban East League recognition in 2012 and 2013 ... Earned Daily Herald All-Area and All-Section 6 honors in 2013 while leading the Tigers to a regional championship ... Earned honorable mention all-area and all-section recognition in 2012 ... Played club soccer with Team Evanston, winning the Illinois State Cup in 2012.
Personal: Son of Martin and Catalina Garcia ... Born on January 4, 1996 in Chicago, Ill. ... Plans to major in business.