When you run into Lauren Curtin on the street, there is a good chance she is going to have a soccer ball in one hand, and a trophy in the other. In her one full season as a Seawolf midfielder, Curtin was given honors such as the CCAA Newcomer of the Year, NSCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America Team, Daktronics, Inc. NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America Team, and NSCAA All-West Region First Team. Curtin, who is a local girl out of Santa Rosa, was only the 24th Sonoma State women’s soccer player to be given All-America honors. She led the Seawolves with nine assists, and also contributed eight goals in 2013.
Curtin graduated from Maria Carrillo High School in 2010, and went to Santa Rosa Junior College to play soccer. In her first year there, she was selected to the Big 8 First-Team All-Conference. In her second and final year at SRJC, she earned All-American honors, and helped lead the Bear Cubs to the state championship. She was also named to the Big 8 First-Team All-Conference for the second straight year.
In 2012, Curtin transferred over to Sonoma State because she loved the campus, and it is close to home. Curtin was injured her first year as a Seawolf, and was forced to medical redshirt, while her twin sister, Cara Curtin would go on to win the CCAA Newcomer of the Year award. Seeing these two play on the field together must look like a blur of Curtin running right past you. Lauren says that running a sub-five minute mile is her greatest high school athletic accomplishment.
In Sonoma State’s first game of the season, last week against the University of Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, Curtin scored all three of the Seawolves’ goals in the 3-0 victory. The season is looking optimistic.
Lauren, now a senior at Sonoma State, is coming back with her sister in 2014 to help continue Sonoma State’s success in the CCAA Standings. The Seawolves are projected to finish second in the CCAA this year, which would give Head Coach Emiria Salzmann her third straight postseason appearance.