April 10, 2014
DeKalb, Ill. - Women's soccer standout Amy Carr will be heading to the pro circuit following her graduation at NIU. After receiving a degree in kinesiology this May, Carr will be playing professional soccer for the Idrettslaget Sandviken women's football (soccer) club.
"I've always wanted to play after going through school," said Carr. "I didn't want to settle for something else. It was always about going through the process."
Carr was one the finest goaltenders to ever play at NIU. She ended her career with the Huskies in the fall of 2013. Carr compiled 19 shutouts over her four years, second all time in women's soccer history at NIU. In 2012, she was honored as a 2nd Team All-MAC goalkeeper, becoming the first keeper to ever receive All-MAC honors in the program's history.
In order to attain a position on a professional club, Carr went to work following the conclusion of the 2013 NIU season. She invested her time in creating highlight videos and researching prospective clubs to play on. She then sent out these videos to clubs she was interested in. Of the clubs that got back to her, Sandviken stood out.
"They just seemed different," said Carr. "Their interest was higher than the others."
Sandviken is a 1. Divisjon (First Division) Norwegian women's football club, the second highest level of play in women's soccer in the nation. The club struggled in 2013, going 3-18-1 in the Toppserien (Top League). Carr will look to help the team get back to the highest level as she plays there. Sandviken has been in the 1. Divisjon in two isolated seasons over the last decade. In each of those instances, the team has moved up to the Toppserien by finishing first out of 12 clubs.
The Sandviken club has been in existence since 1945. It plays at the Stemmemyren Idrettsplass in Bergen, Norway. Aside from football, Sandviken is involved in basketball and team handball.
"The women's game is on the rise," added Carr. "With more opportunities coming up, I want to be a part of that."
Carr will be missed at NIU. The Huskies are currently set to have two goalkeepers who will look to fill her spot in 2014. Amy Annala and Riley Riordan
will be charged with the task of stopping shots next season.