13 Ben Thomas
2008: Earned Second-Team All-MAC honors. Ranks second on the team with 55 career matches played. Appeared in 20 matches with 11 starts, including nine consecutive to end the season. Shared the team lead with shots on goal (16). Ranked second on the squad with four goals. Scored two goals against Milwaukee to help NIU retain the LeWang Cup. Netted one goal in both the Buffalo match and the win over Western Michigan. Took three shots on goal against both Milwaukee and Duke. Assisted Finn Jor's goal against Tulsa.
2007: Appeared in all 20 matches and made seven starts. Scored the game-tying goal against Notre Dame. Netted an insurance goal in the MAC Tournament match at Bowling Green. Tallied 24 shots and 11 attempts on goal, to lead all returners in both categories.
2006: Ranked fifth on the squad with six points off two goals and two assists. Scored his first collegiate goal in a 2-3 losing effort against Hofstra. Put in an insurance goal in the 5-0 win over IPFW. Assisted on goals against Western Michigan and Michigan. Relieved players in 15 matches as a sub.
High School: Garnered first-team All-GMC honors as a senior in both soccer and football. In addition to playing in state soccer coaches association all-star game, earned first-team All-State Ohio Division I, All-Regional, All-Cincinnati, Division I Player of Year, and GMC Conference (soccer) Athlete of the Year acclaim as a senior captain. Two-time All-Southwest Area honoree made first team All-GMC as a junior and senior, and was a second team selection his sophomore year. Three-year varsity letterwinner was team's Offensive MVP for his final two seasons. Registered 64 points (24 goals/16 assists) in leading FHS to the GMC (7-1-1) and district titles as part of a 15-3-2 campaign. Finished the year with 27 points. (10g/7a) as a junior after having chalked up 32 points (11g/10a) as a sophomore. Helped the Indians win the league (9-0-1) and go 14-4-2 that year. As a placekicker on the football team, hit 34-of-35 points-after-touchdown and went 3-for-3 on field goals.
Club: Was a four-year Olympic Developmental Program standout and three-season member of the Ambassador Soccer Club, the nine-time Ohio State Cup champions. Part of ASC squads which played in the German Town Invitational, Tampa Bay Sun Bowl, CASL Shootout, Metro FC College Showcase, Jefferson Cup, and Disney Invitational as well as Umbro International Cup contested in Manchester, England. Earned a slot as an Olympic Developmental Program National Pool player after his fourth straight year of achieving a spot on the ODP Regional unit. Has made overseas trips to Italy and Costa Rica with ODP squads.