Sept. 25, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina soccer sophomore keeper Jennifer Lauer has been named the Southern Conference's women's soccer player of the week for all matches Sept. 17-23. The award is selected by the league office.
Lauer was flawless in goal on the week as the Catamounts went 1-0-1 to open Southern Conference play. She posted nine saves to go along with a 0.00 goals against average as WCU tied Elon 1-1 on Friday and topped UNCG 1-0 on Sunday. She is the first SoCon Player of the Week selection for the Catamount soccer team since October 27, 2009 when goalkeeper Caitlin Williams earned the honor.
The Acworth, Ga., native entered Friday's home match against Elon with the Catamounts trailing 1-0 in the 21st minute. Lauer made two second-half saves and Western Carolina netted the match-tying goal in the 76th minute to send the game to overtime. Lauer made another save in the first extra period as WCU and Elon played to the 1-1 draw and she earned her first career decision. Lauer worked nearly the equivalent of a full regulation game, logging a scoreless 89 minutes, 37 seconds in the net.
Lauer was rewarded with her first career start two days later at UNCG and didn't disappoint. She made six saves on the day, facing nine shots from the Spartans in picking up her first career win and shutout.
Western Carolina (5-4-1, 1-0-1 SoCon) returns to action on Friday when it hosts Davidson (3-5-2, 1-1-0 SoCon) in Cullowhee, N.C., at 7 p.m.