Women's Soccer

Lindsey Carstens
Lindsey Carstens


West Chester, Ohio

High School:
Lakota East




Club Team:
Cincinnati United Premier

2007 - SENIOR: Named a team tri-captain • Broke the all-time Illinois shutout record with 28 • Also led the Big Ten in shutouts with 11 • Recorded five consecutive shutouts from Oct. 5 to Oct. 19 • Finished third in Illinois history with 240 career saves • Landed first on Illinois' career GAA with 0.94 • Named Big Ten Defensive Players of the Week (10/8) after back-to-back shutout against Minnesota and Iowa • Recorded her first shutout of the season against Xavier • Had a career high eight saves in the season opener against Missouri • Awarded Academic All-Big Ten honors.

2006 - Junior: Played and started 23 games, recording 11 shutouts, the second-most in school history • Recorded a 0.88 goals-against average, which is third-best in a season in school history • Save percentage of .810 was fourth-best in Illinois history • Career GAA of 0.93 entering season is best in Illinois history, and her 17 career shutouts are second-most in the Illini record book • Recorded shutouts against No. 13 Auburn, No. 17 Purdue and No. 21 Indiana • Also notched shutouts against South Carolina, Syracuse, Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue and Southeast Missouri State • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2005 - Sophomore: Played and started 17 games • Recorded a 0.99 goals-against average with six shutouts, compiling a 9-4-3 record • Notched her first shutout of the season against UW-Milwaukee • Earned her first career victory with a shutout against Nebraska, making three saves • Also recorded shutouts against Western Illinois, San Francisco, Illinois State, Michigan State and Indiana • Recorded her first Big Ten victory with five saves vs. Northwestern • Recorded a career-high six saves vs. Michigan State • Broke her fibula at Purdue and missed the rest of the season. 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/Club: 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 in 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 • Majoring in kinesiology • Member of the National Honor Society.

Getting to Know Lindsey: Nickname: Lin • Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy • Favorite Book: The DaVinci Code • Superstitions: Warm-up exactly the same every time, listen to the same songs before the game in the locker room • Biggest Sports Thrill: Reaching the Elite Eight in 2004 • 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: "For the last two years, Lindsey has proven her abilities as a goalkeeper and has maintained a GAA of less than one against some of the toughest competition in the country. Her abilities complement our incredible defense and together they have propelled this team into national prominence. Her continued growth as a person and as a leader will provide her with the composure and confidence to continue to lead this team toward its championship goals."

CARSTENS' CAREER STATISTICS Year GP-GS MIN GA GAA SV SV % SHO REC 2004 1-0 11:24 0 0.00 0 .000 0 0-0-0 2005 17-17 1539:45 17 0.99 55 .764 6 9-4-3 2006 23-23 2045:09 20 0.88 85 .810 11 15-7-0 TOTALS 41-40 3596:18 37 0.93 140 .791 17 24-11-3