|21 Lauren Atkinson
2007:Started 17 of the 20 games she appeared in...Finished the season with a pair of goals and five assists for a total of nine points, which was tied for the team lead...Led the squad in assists for the season...Both of her goals were game-winners, knocking in the deciding score against Northern Colorado and Chattanooga... In the game vs Northern Colorado, added an assist to go along with her goal and give her a season-high three points in the game... Was secondo on the team with 24 shots taken, 13 of which were on goal... Named to the 2007 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference Team...Finishd her WCU career with 41 points, good for fifth place on the school's all-time career list...Her nine career game-winning goals put her in sole possession of second place in school history...Also sits in the top-ten in career goals (14/6th place), assists (15/4th place), and shots (119/6th place).
2006: Played in 21 matches and started 15 ... Named to the TIAA-CREF Fall Academic Team ... Scored game-winning goals against Texas State, Gardner-Webb and College of Charleston (10/13), which led the team and ranked third in the Southern Conference ... Tied for second on the team in goals scored with three ... Third on the team in shots on goal with 37 and fourth in points with 37.
2005: Appeared in each of Western's 24 matches as a sophomore, making a career-best 18 starts ... Ranked second on the team, and eighth in the SoCon, in scoring with 18 points, posting three-or-more points in three matches ... Was also second in both goals scored and assists, tallying six markers (ninth in SoCon) and dishing out six helpers (sixth in SoCon) to tie with Meghan Reilly ... Took 36 shots on the season, third on the team, with the team's second-best, 19, on goal ... Dating back to last year, ended her six-game scoreless streak with a goal and an assist on three shots at mountain-rival, UNC Asheville (9/13/05) ... Ten days later, duplicated the three-point tally, notching a goal and assist in the home shutout win over Francis Marion (9/23/05) ... Scored both WCU goals in a home shutout of conference foe, Chattanooga (10/23/05) to record career-highs in goals (2) and points (4) in a single game ... Named to the WCU Dean's List in the fall of 2005 ... Was named to the SoCon TIAA-CREF Fall All-Academic team for the fall.
2004: Started 14 of the 18 matches she appeared in during her freshman campaign ... Was the leading scorer among Western's seven active freshmen ... Finished the season with three goals and three assists for a total of nine points ... Recorded her first career goal at the 52:40 mark in the second half, scoring unassisted to give the Catamounts a 1-0 lead over instate rival, East Carolina (9/26/04) ... Tallied her first collegiate assist in the same game, accepting from then dishing a pass to Stephanie Svoboda on a give-and-go ... Two of her three goals on the year were unassisted.
High School: Was the 2003 MVP of the Metro North Youth Soccer Association and MVP of the Metro North Navy club team for coach Kris Lippert ... Served as a captain of her Blessed Trinity Catholic HS team as a junior and senior ... Two-time all-region first team member, she led her team to the State Championship in 2004 ... Finished her career ranked as the school's all-time assists leader.
Personal: Full name is Lauren Patricia Atkinson ... Daughter of Patricia and the late Hubert Atkinson ... Majoring in Communications.