Gopher Senior Spotlight: Lauren Bauer

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Name: Lauren Bauer
Number: 22
Position: Defender
Year: Senior
Major: Kinesiology (Clinical Movement)
Hometown: Eagan, MN

What about Minnesota made you decide that you wanted to be a Gopher?:
I knew I wanted to stay in the Mid-West and the University of Minnesota campus has so much to offer. I enjoy the "college" aspect of Dinkytown and I love how close we are to Downtown Minneapolis. Also, Minnesota provides me with an excellent education and the research opportunities are endless.

What is special/different about this team?:
What is special about this team is that we are a young team who fights through adversity. We have a lot of individuals (starters and non-starters) who contribute to the teams success. I have confidence in every one of my teammates that when they step on the field, they will get the job done.

What does Gopher Soccer mean to you?:
Gopher Soccer allows me to be apart of something bigger than myself. I think of the team as my second family. Gopher soccer means laying everything out on the line for my teammates throughout every practice and game. Minnesota soccer means having pride in the team I represent and knowing that every teammate is playing for one another.

When did you first start playing soccer?:
I first started playing soccer at the age of five. Because I am young for my grade, my best friend started playing before I could, and would tease me about how she was playing soccer and how I couldn't.

What is your favorite soccer memory?:
My favorite soccer memory is with my club team when we won regionals and went on to compete at nationals. It was my last year playing with my club team, so I guess you could say we went out with a bang!

What is something you've done in the past year that you are the most proud of... on or off the field?:
Something that I had the opportunity to be a part of last summer was the Muscular Dystrophy (MDA) Summer Camp. I was a camp volunteer for a week. Each camp volunteer is paired with one child for the week. This camp allows children with various types of muscular dystrophy to attend summer camp like any other healthy child would at no cost to their families. The camp modifies different activities so that every child at camp, no matter their disability, is able to participate. Activities include: fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, and adaptive sports.

What is your favorite local Minneapolis restaurant and what do you order when you are there?:
My favorite local Minneapolis restaurant is Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown. When I go I order one blueberry pancake and one egg benedict. 

How do you prepare/get pumped up for a game?:
To get pumped up for a game I listen to music while dancing and goofing around with teammates. To prepare for games I put both socks on, then my cleats, then my shin guards (Right then left for each).

If you could spend one day with a professional soccer player, who would it be and why?:
I would spend my day with Cristiano Ronaldo because he is easy on the eyes!

If you could give any advice to incoming students at the "U" what would it be?:
Advice that I would give incoming students is to get involved. You can get involved in anything from academic clubs to intramural sports. Becoming involved in your school not only allows you to meet new people and friends but also gives you something to put on a resume.

What is your "walkout" song and why?:
My walk out song is Bow Wow (What's My Name) by Lil Bow Wow. My last name is Bauer and my nickname is Bau.. "Bow" in Bow Wow is said like Bauer.

What do you think your biggest strength on and off the field?:
My biggest strength on the field is my physical presence and my ability win balls out of the air. My biggest strength off the field is my motivation and drive I have toward my studies.

What is an interesting fact that not many people know about you?:
An interesting fact about me is that I have never had a cavity. I'm squeaky clean!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: 
In five years, I see myself graduating from Physical Therapy School and starting my career as a Physical Therapist.

What is your biggest goal for the season?: 
My biggest goal of the season is to make it to the NCAA Tournament because the past two years we have fallen short of our goal.

How has playing soccer at Minnesota influenced the way you feel about the game?:
Playing soccer at Minnesota has really made me appreciate all the hard work and dedication I have put in to get to this point. This experience has made me realize that I have to make the best of my experience because nothing lasts forever.

What is your favorite non-athletic building on campus and why?: 
My favorite non-athletic building on campus is Folwell Hall. I enjoy this building because of its amazing architecture and intricate detail. Personally, this building is my favorite place to study because it is close to home and is open late.

Who is your biggest role model and why?:
My biggest role models are my parents because they have shaped me into the person I am today. They have taught me important qualities including hard work, dedication, and compassion. I love you mom and dad!




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