Georgia Soccer - Under Pressure

Senior Goaltender Lauren Church is no stranger to pressure situations. Last season, the East Carolina transfer broke numerous records at the University of Georgia.

She allowed just 0.59 goals per game last season and recorded 9 shutouts. She was also a member of the 2005 Top Drawer National Team. This upcoming season she has set even higher goals for herself and for her team and recently she told me some of them...

Dave McMahon -- How has spring practice been going so far?

Lauren Church -- It's been very intense... We've had many injuries and it has kept a lot of the girls out... it has hurt a little, but we have learn so much especially on the technical side

DM -- Last season, the defense set so many records, what makes the Georgia defense so good?

LC -- Overall we make proper decisions and we make them quickly, we have very smart players

DM -- How long have you been playing soccer?

LC -- About 15 years

DM -- Have you always been a goaltender?

LC -- I wasn't my first 2 years. My twin sister was the team's goalie... then you got tired of playing it and the coach asked if anyone else wanted to play goalie... I said I would and I have been playing goalie since

DM -- What three qualities must a goaltender have?

LC -- Confidence, Dedication and Heart

DM -- When the ball is on the other side of the field, do you sometimes talk to yourself?

LC -- All the time

DM -- What do you say?

LC -- I can't say, I used to daydream a lot, not anymore I just talk now

DM -- What about when the ball is on your side?

LC -- I mentally tell the opposition that there is no way they can score on me and it usually works

DM -- Any superstitions that you can share?

LC -- Everything I put on, I put the right one on first... my socks, my shoes.. I even have to put my water bottle on the right side of the net

DM -- What goals do you have for yourself and for your team the rest of spring and onto next season?

LC -- Individually I want to break some more records, but for the team I want us to win the SEC and play in the NCAA tourney.

DM -- Thank you for your time and good luck this spring and the upcoming season.

There are many games left this spring. Stay tuned to the DawgPost for more details.

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