Athlete of the Week: Lauren Ingram

2:51 PM, Mar 24, 2011   |    comments
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The Rutland girls soccer team is pretty good this season.
Right now they're 5-6-1 and looking for a spot in the playoffs.

One senior on the team is steering the Hurricanes toward their success. Lauren Ingram is kicking it in the classroom and on the field, and because of her efforts she is our Athlete of the Week.

When the pressure is on the Rutland Hurricanes depend on senior Lauren Ingram. So far this season she has 13 goals.

Her coach, Tony Jones, says she is one of the team's captains.
"On the field, she's a natural leader, he said. She controls the tempo and the pace through the middle. She controls the distribution. She is the leading scorer."

Lauren says she's aggressive when she puts on the number nine uniform. "My coaches told me I'm good with the ball at my feet and taking on people one on one and just thinking and making smart passes," Lauren said.

The kid is always thinking on the field and figuring out problems in the classroom. Brian Rubin calls his advanced-placement economics class a competitive setting that Lauren excels in.

"If I ask a question in class we're going over economic scenarios and critical thinking Lauren always has something to add to that, which is amazing how she picks up these concepts right away," Rubin said.

She's got an "A" in economics and overall she maintains a 94 average. She's ranked 8th out of her class of 222 students.
Her coach isn't surprised in the least.

"I had the pleasure of teaching her two years as a sophomore and she's one of the brightest individuals I've ever taught," Jones recalled.

Lauren's grades and her skills on the field caught the attention of Valdosta State University. She signed with the inaugural program earlier this year. "I was one of the first people to sign and its exciting being the first team because you have a lot ot hope for you don't have a lot to compare your the opening team," she said.

But she's going to have to use all of her soccer skills out of the gate to make an impression as a freshman. "We have 20 people signed and only 20 people can dress out for home games and only 18 can travel so its going to be a lot of competition down there and fighting for your spot to play, Lauren said.

The senior is determined with a good head on her shoulders.
It's a good bet she will claw her way to finding success at the next level.

"She's very driven, not just on the soccer field, but in life and it's very rare to see someone like that but she's one of the few," Jones said.

Lauren wants to major in chemistry at Valdosta State and eventually go to pharmacy school.


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