Oct. 23, 2008
By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information
Eastern Washington University soccer player Lauryn Koelzer has been selected as the school's female October Scholar-Athlete of the Month. Nearing a pair of school records on the field, Koelzer is majoring in business at EWU.
She is on the verge of breaking numerous school records for the women's soccer team, including goals scored in a season. Koelzer has six, which ties the single-season goal record set by Cyeeta Mott last season.
While at Connell High School in Connell, Wash., Koelzer was an All-State selection all four years. Connell won the state title in 2003 and finished third in 2002 and 2004.
Koelzer went on to Walla Walla Community College where she was named the Most Valuable Player of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges in 2005 and was an NWAACC All-Star selection in 2006. Over the course of her two years at WWCC, Koelzer scored 60 goals.
In addition to the EWU goal-scoring record, Koelzer is second all-time in points scored in a season, with 12 so far this year with three games left. She is also tied for third all-time in career goals (9) and fourth in points (20).
Koelzer is an honor student and is expected to be on the Big Sky All-Academic team this year.
The women's soccer team has three regular-season games left, and all three are at home. The Eagles take on Northern Arizona this Friday at 3:30 p.m. (Oct. 24), Northern Colorado on Sunday at 11 a.m. (Oct. 26) and Montana on Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. All games will be played at the Eastern Washington University Sports & Recreation Field.
Q: How does it feel to be tied for the school record for goals scored in a season? Do you feel any added pressure to break the record in the last few games?
A: "There isn't any added pressure. It didn't really hit me that I was in position to break the record until recently, but it's really exciting."
Q: You scored 60 goals in two seasons at WWCC; how did you manage to score that many?
A: "60 goals is quite a few. . . we went to the finals both years at Walla Walla so I think all together we played around 23-24 games a season so that contributed to the total."
Q: After attending WWCC, why did you decide to attend EWU?
A: "I was looking at a lot of private schools but I always wanted the whole Division I atmosphere. I just always wanted to play at a Division I school, so that drew my attention to Eastern."
Q: How does it feel to be named a Scholar-Athlete for the month?
A: "It feels great. School hasn't always come easy for me; I've always had to work hard at it, so it feels good that I am getting recognized for something I worked really hard at."
Q: Who has been your favorite professor while attending EWU?
A: "I'd have to say Jack Gambill, my accounting professor."
Q: If you have one, what is your pre-game ritual?
A: "I honestly don't have a pre-game ritual. I listen to music sometimes but there isn't anything I do before every single game."
Q: What part of soccer do you enjoy the most?
A: "Just the excitement of the game and being a part of a team. It is fun when everyone on the team is out competing together."
Q: You are a business major; what are your plans for after you graduate?
A: "Hopefully I'll find a great job in something I enjoy doing. It's scary to think that I'll be done at the end of the year and have to find a real job!"
Q: Who has been the most influential person in your academic and athletic career while at Eastern?
A: "I would have to say my parents. They've helped me along the way and supported me throughout my academic and athletic career."