2004 - Freshman: Appeared in one match during her rookie campaign Stepped in goal and preserved the shutout in Illinois' 5-0 rout of Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament Named "Most Improved Player" by her teammates at the team's annual awards banquet.
High School: Named All-Southwest Ohio, All-City, first team All-GMC Conference and Lakota East MVP in 2002 and 2003 Holds the Lakota East record for career shutouts with 39, which ranked eighth on the all-time Ohio state shutout list Participated in ODP for four years on the state team and was included the regional pool in 2001 and the regional "A" pool in 2002 Played for the Cincinnati United Premier Club alongside UI teammate Kara Gostisha Four-time Academic All-GMC Conference Coached by Tara Murray (high school) and Wil Cagle (club) Was also a member of the swim team at Lakota East.
Personal: Born Feb. 2, 1986 Daughter of Jerry and Jean Carstens Sister Lauren plays soccer for Western Kentucky Also has one brother Plans to major in kinesiology Member of the National Honor Society.
Getting to Know Lindsay: Nickname: Lin Favorite Athlete: Brianna Scurry Favorite TV Show: Friends Favorite Book: The Lovely Bones Superstitions: pasta the night before a game, warm-up exactly the same Biggest Sports Thrill: U-14 National Kellogg's Cup runner-up - was instrumental in a shootout to earn the wildcard to make it Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: her incredible knowledge of the game and her understanding of what it takes to be a champion I chose Illinois because: of the wonderful coaching staff, the team and the gorgeous campus.
Coach Rayfield on Carstens: "With Rachel Frank injured, Lindsay Carstens was given a chance this spring to see where she stood as a college goalkeeper and she answered that challenge very well. She showed her ability to shot stops extremely well, to read the game and stay connected defensively, and use her feet to help us posses the ball in the back. She has made tremendous strides with her ability in the air and her ability to dominate in the box. If she brings the confidence she had in the spring, Lindsay will make the battle for the starting goalkeeper a great one."
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