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Spring Sports Profile: Lauren Brown, Catholic Memorial soccer

06/03/2020, 12:30pm CDT
By Norbert Durst

Name: Lauren Brown

School: Catholic Memorial High School

Year: Senior 

Position(s): Forward/Midfield 

Soccer Awards/Accomplishments: Entered senior year as a three-time first-team all-Classic Eight performer for coach John Burke and the Crusaders... WSCA honorable mention all-state as a freshman... WSCA all-state as a sophomore and junior... finalist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel soccer player of the year as a junior... named to the Waukesha Freeman 2018-19 High School Team - Top 10 Girls Athletes... selected to Waukesha County's 20-Best Spring High School Athletes as a sophomore and junior... SC Wave team captain as a senior... CMH team captain as a senior... CMH Outstanding Female Athlete Award... Classic Eight Scholar Athlete... led team in goals and assists in each of her three years played... tallied 100 points as a sophomore... finished career in top 5 in Catholic Memorial history with 199 points... netted 73 goals in her career... compiled 53 career assists... helped lead the Crusaders to three state tournament appearances, including Division 3 state titles as a freshman and junior... scored eight goals at the state tournament and recorded hat tricks in state semifinals as a sophomore and junior... committed to Ohio State University... 

How has not being able to play this spring impacted you? "Not being able to play my senior of high school has been devastating. It has challenged me to find new ways to stay active, stay in shape, and continue to improve my soccer skills. Also, reflecting back, I have realized I was blessed to have three amazing years of soccer with the support of great coaches, teammates and parents. I hope when I look back at this time instead of heartbreak, I think about what I have learned including resilience, strength of character and the importance of community and family support." 

What do you miss about not being able to play this spring? "CMH soccer has been more than just a team or the game to me, it has been a family. I have truly missed the camaraderie and closeness of my teammates. My heart breaks that I will never play with this amazing group of girls again or in my CMH uniform." 

What have you done to stay active? "I have had to get creative with my workouts during this time to prepare for playing soccer in college. I’ve turned my basement into a weight room, measured out sprints in my yard, pulled out my old soccer nets, and now know the exact miles it takes to run around my subdivision and know the color of every house." 

Most Memorable Moment from spring sports? "My most memorable moment from spring sports was winning the State Championship my junior year. During that season, my team set goals, supported one another, and worked extremely hard. We wanted it for each other. The biggest thrill of that moment wasn’t about receiving recognition, but knowing we accomplished something amazing together." 

Other Sports Played: "I played basketball at CMH my freshman and sophomore year." 

Favorite Professional Athlete: "My favorite professional athlete is LeBron James because he works hard and always gives back to his community." 

Favorite Professional Team: "My favorite professional team is the USA Women’s National Soccer Team. One of my favorite memories was going to watch them play in person and was impressed by their skills and how gracious they were to the crowd." 

Favorite College Team: "My favorite college team is The Ohio State Buckeyes." 

Favorite Sports Movie: "My favorite sports movie is Miracle." 

Favorite Opponent: "My favorite opponent while playing high school soccer was Grafton High School. We always played them in the Sectional Finals. They were strong competitors, the energy was high, and always proved to be a close, exciting game." 

Favorite Website: "My favorite social media website is Instagram." 

College Plans: "I will be attending The Ohio State University to study Marketing and Communications. I am excited to play soccer at the next level on the women’s soccer team." 

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