By Chuckie Maggio
The St. Bonaventure University women’s soccer team got some well-deserved recognition this week when sophomore forward Lauren Hill was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week.
Hill, from Webster, N.Y., scored the game-tying goal with seven minutes left against La Salle on Oct. 27, and scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime against St. Joseph’s on Oct. 29. Those goals helped propel the team’s win streak to four and clinch a spot in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.
Hill expressed gratitude towards her teammates after receiving the award.
“It wouldn’t have happened without the help of the team, so I’m more happy with how we’ve been winning and how we’ve played the past few weeks,” Hill said. “The first goal, Alyssa (Lapp) pretty much did it all, then the second one Britt (Brittany Charles) played me a nice ball and I really just kicked it as hard as I could; I didn’t even know if it was going to go in so that was a really nice play.”
Head Coach Steve Brdarski had nothing but praise for his goal-scoring forward.
“At the beginning of the year, Lauren had some quality chances, but for whatever reason, they weren’t going in the back of the net, and one game I didn’t start her,” he said. “For many forwards, that’s a bad thing because it can mess with them mentally, but she never wavered and I never lost confidence in her.”
Even though this is Brdarski’s first season, he showed patience and confidence in his player.
“I had confidence in her from the first time I met her in February,” said Brdarski. “I walked into the weight room and she was in there lifting, and she had this angry, determined look on her face that I never really saw before on a player.”
Brdarski said he quickly learned through workouts and practice that Hill is super-competitive about even the littlest things.
And she knows what it takes to be successful.
“In the summer, anything I asked her to do, she did it,” said Brdarski. “She put in the work in the summer to be successful, and she never gives anything less than her all. That’s one very rewarding thing as a coach: you get to know a player personally, all of their traits both on the field and off; Lauren’s one special person.”
The Bonnies entering today’s season finale against UMass on a hot streak.
With the A-10 tournament looming, the Bonnies have been playing their best soccer.
Hill believes this team could be destined for something great.
“I just want to win the A-10 tournament and get that ring,” said Hill.