Jordan Godsey breaks NIU shutout record

By Jacob Onak

You wouldn’t know it, but Jordan Godsey was actually a forward in high school. I said you wouldn’t know it because he has been such an outstanding goalie for the Huskies throughout his career.

In 2011, Godsey was named All-MAC first team, All-MAC Tournament Team and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team. In his previous three seasons for NIU, Godsey has posted 26 career shutouts, seven in both his freshman and sophomore year and 12 his junior year.

In Friday’s 0-0 draw against Rhode Island, Godsey, got his 27th career shutout, breaking the career shutout record at NIU.

“I knew I was close,” Godsey said. “But I didn’t know I broke it until [Coach Eric] Luzzi texted me and I read it on the post-game report. Feels pretty good to break it.”

Markus Roy, who played from 1988 to 1991, held the previous shutout record. Roy went on to play professional soccer, something that every college player dreams of. The fact that Roy went on to the next level makes the record a little sweeter for Godsey.

“It really means a lot,” Godsey said. “I know the guy who broke it. Roy, played pro for the [Dallas] Burn, and to beat a pro goalie, it means a lot.”

Senior defender Rocco Taglia, is still amazed at what Godsey can do between the posts.

“Jordan is by far the best, and probably will be the best, goalie that I have ever played with,” Taglia said. “He just knows where to be in the unreal moments, and I’ve seen him do things that I have never seen another goalie do.”

Luzzi knows the rich history of NIU goalkeepers and is glad to have another talented goalie between the posts during his time as head coach.

“If you look at the goal keepers we’ve had the past 50 years, they are some big time goalkeepers,” Luzzi said. “The fact that Jordan has earned an accolade like that, it’s a pretty big honor and well deserved, for sure.”

Only four games into the season, Godsey is sure to keep adding to his shutout record, and hopefully add a couple wins to the Huskies current season record as they are still looking for a win.