Nov. 13, 2009
DeKalb, Ill. - - Northern Illinois men's soccer players Brad Horton and Josh Karsten were named to the Mid-American Conference's 2009 All-Conference teams Friday, when the league announced its post-season awards prior to the kick-off of this year's MAC Championship.
Horton, a midfielder, nabbed a spot on the league's All-MAC First Team, while defender Karsten finished his collegiate career earning All-MAC Second Team honors.
For the second consecutive season, Horton earned a spot on an All-MAC team after the Sycamore native was named to the conference's second team in 2008. In his second year at NIU, Horton shared the lead in team scoring with six goals in regular season play. The scoring effort was good enough to put the sophomore in a three-way tie with teammate Luis De La Cerda for sixth place in the MAC. Horton also tallied four assists, and knocked in the game-winner in the Huskies' 5-1 win over Milwaukee. The sophomore entered the 2009 season after earning a spot on the 2008 College Soccer News All-Freshman Second team. Horton now has 12 goals and seven assists in two seasons with the Huskies.
One of seven seniors, Karsten led his class after scoring a career-high five goals on 15 shots. Karsten notched two game-winners in the 2009 season against Lafayette and Buffalo, and started every game for the Huskies' defensive unit. After the injury to fellow senior Kyle Knotek, Karsten became the most experienced player on the field. The defender responded by helping the Huskies to the MAC's third best scoring defense, which allowed 14 goals in 18 matches. The team also blanked seven of their opponents to rank second in the MAC in shutouts. Karsten finished his Huskie campaign with eight goals and two assists over four years with the team.
The Huskies finished the 2009 regular season going 10-7-1 overall, and 3-3 in the MAC. Horton and Karsten will try to help their team advance to the MAC Championship for the third time in four years, as they go head to head with Akron tonight at 5 p.m. in Ohio. Akron, the No. 1 consensus team in the country, is undefeated in 2009 and scored a late goal in their regular season match-up against the Huskies to tally a 1-0 victory.