Nov. 19, 2007
DeKALB, Ill. - Three members of the Northern Illinois women's soccer team were named to the Academic All-MAC squad as announced by the Mid-American Conference. Senior captains Karen Enockson (St. Charles, Ill./East) and Katie Sturges (Downers Grove, Ill./South) along with sophomore Lindsey Curnock (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) represented the Huskies on the list of honorees. The three selections mark the highest NIU total since five in 1998.
"I am pleased that Karen, Katie and Lindsey earned Academic All-MAC honors because I feel like those awards encompass what they do not only on the field, but off the field as well," said head coach Marci Miller Jobson. "After finishing third in the conference I felt like our girls were under appreciated in terms of league recognition, so it is nice to have three players recognized for outstanding seasons. They are great contributors to our team and its success and each are All-American students."
Enockson earned her second consecutive Academic All-MAC selection after leading the team with 13 points and six goals. The forward finished her career tied for sixth on NIU career goals list with 19. Enockson earned first team Academic All-District 5 honors from ESPN the Magazine and has a 3.95 cumulative GPA with a psychology and Spanish double major.
Sturges, one of the league's top defenders, finished her career with 77 games played and 69 starts. A two-time team defensive MVP, Sturges posted a 3.83 cumulative GPA while majoring in physical education.
Curnock, a sophomore goalkeeper is NIU's career leader in shutouts with 16. During the 2007 season, she compiled a 0.53 goals against average with nine shutouts, including four consecutive whitewashings to end the year. Curnock has a 3.81 cumulative GPA in psychology.
The trio helped the Huskies to a 10-5-5 overall record for the school's highest win total since 1998. NIU reached its second consecutive MAC Tournament semifinal where their season ended with a penalty kick decision to eventual champion Toledo.