Highlights from the celebration of the NIU men's soccer team's 1-0 win over Western Michigan
2011: Played in 19 matches, including 11 starts. Recorded five points, one goal and three assists. Scored a goal in a 3-0 victory at Bowling Green. Recorded an assist against Western Michigan in the regular season and two assists against Western Illinois in the NCAA Tournament First Round.
2010: Earned seven starts in 14 appearances. Tallied one assist on the season, on Brad Horton's game-winning goal against Western Michigan. Had four shots, one on goal, during the season.
Luzzi on Kranz: "Kenny will be coming to us this fall as a transfer from Parkland College in Champaign, IL, where he was an All-Region award winner. Kenny also impressed us at our recent Prospect Camp with his energy, vision, and technical ability, and we knew that he is a guy that we wanted in our program. He will come in with two years of college under his belt, which will ease his transition to NIU. Kenny will be a great fit within our team, and I could see him challenging for time as an outside back or in the midfield."
High School: As a senior, scored 12 goals and tallied nine assists... named to the IHSA all-state, IHSA all-conference, and News Gazette first teams... played in the All-State Senior Game... helped his team to its first appearance in the state championship tournament, where it reached the 2A quarterfinals...led his team to regional titles as a sophomore and junior, scoring five and four goals, respectively... lettered in track as a junior and a senior, where he competed in the state championships in the 4x400-meter relay.
Previous Colleges: Co-led Parkland College with 17 points on seven goals and three assists... garnered all-region honorable mention and first-team all-conference accolades... spent one season at Central College, where he scored two goals and tallied five assists while starting all but one game.
Personal: Son of Del and Dave Kranz... born July 3, 1989... earned the Dean's Scholarship at Central College... named to the Dean's List at Parkland College...enjoys ping pong... admires soccer stars Cesc Fabregas and Xavi.