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