Big Ten Medal of Honor: Jenna Carosio, Illinois Women's Soccer

Illinois women's soccer player Jenna Carosio

Jenna Carosio
Illinois Women’s Soccer

Served as a reserved midfielder her first three seasons, before moving into the center of the Illini three-back defensive system – an uncommon formation in college as it challenges the opponent to play over-the-top on offense and takes one player away from the traditional backline … Carosio made the switch impressively, playing the entirety of each of Illinois’ 24 contests – accumulating 2,221 minutes on the season … The Illinois defense, led by Carosio in the center, produced nine shutouts and a 0.97 goals-against average on the year and was even more impressive during Big Ten play when the Illini allowed just nine goals in 1,026 minutes of action en route to a second place finish in the conference … After earning Big Ten Defender of the Year and All-Big Ten First Team honors at the conclusion of the regular season, Carosio led Illinois through a treacherous conference tournament schedule which included Sweet Sixteen-bound Ohio State in the quarterfinals and an upset of No. 11 Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament Championship following a shutout of Michigan State in the semifinals … Was paramount to the first occurrence of a women’s soccer defending National Champion being knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round when she helped lead Illinois to a 1-0 shutout of Notre Dame … Also served as an unlikely source for offense with three goals on the year, including a pair of game-winning marks while securing a spot on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team following the season … The engineering major was even more successful in the classroom, tallying NSCAA Academic All-America Second Team and All-Central Region First Team laurels, Capital One Academic All-District Third Team honors and Academic All-Big Ten before concluding her illustrious senior season with the Big Ten Medal of Honor.