Lindley played an integral role as a freshman midfielder for the 2016 Carolina men’s soccer team. The Carmel, Indiana, product started all 21 matches and registered a team-leading seven assists for a Tar Heel club that reached the College Cup.
Regarded by some media outlets as the No. 1 player in his recruiting class, Lindley backed up those sentiments after earning the national Freshman of the Year award by Top Drawer Soccer. He also was named ACC Freshman of the Year and selected first team All-ACC.