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Freshman Focus: Lauren Karas

Aug. 16, 2004

The Notre Dame women’s soccer team’s Freshman Focus series continues with goalkeeper Lauren Karas checking in. Karas is one of four Dallas Texans products to join the Irish program during the past two seasons and has combined with veterans Erika Bohn and Nikki Westfall as part of a stellar defensive effort during the Brazil trip (she allowed just one goal while splitting time with Bohn and Westfall over six games).

The final Freshman Focus will come on Aug. 18, when Southern California girl Ashley Jones steps into the spotlight.

Karas is considered one of the nation’s top goalkeeping prospects, combining her 5-9 presence with good agility and tremendous vocal leadership. She received the Golden Glove Award after saving a slew of shots with the North Texas team at ODP nationals (North Texas lost to a Southern California squad featuring Jones, in a 1-0 title game) and also turned in a strong summer playing alongside several future Notre Dame teammates with the W-League’s Fort Wayne Fever (8-3-1 record, 1.42 goals-against avg., 52 saves, 18 GA).


Lauren Karas played a lead role in Notre Dame’s stingy defensive effort that yielded just three goals in six games during the Brazilian tour.



Notre Dame Women’s Soccer 2004 Freshman Focus – Entry #3 (Lauren Karas; Aug. 16)

Full Name – Lauren Elizabeth Karas

Hometown – Flower Mound, Texas

Is your hometown known for anything noteworthy? – Nope, nothing exciting.

High School and Club Teams – Flower Mound HS; Dallas Texans and Dallas Sting; North Texas ODP

Family Members – Parents Dan and Denise, younger siblings Brandon and Megan

Number with the Irish – 6 [worn last by fellow Dallas-area native Amanda Guertin]

Anticipated Major – Pre-professional (science)

Nickname – Karas

What was your high school’s nickname, colors and school chant? – Jaguars, Navy and White

Who has influenced you the most as a soccer player? – Ray Russell, my first goalkeeper coach who taught me all the basics

What made you stick with soccer over the years? – It’s fun

Who is your favorite soccer player? – Oliver Kahn

What are your rituals the night before a game? – listen to music

What is your favorite “pump-up” song before a game? – “Tear It Up” by Yung Wun

How would you describe yourself on the field and off it? – Intense but also nice, funny, easy to get along with

Now descrive the other three freshmen who are on this trip with you – Amanda Cinalli is the nicest person you ever will meet. Ashley Jones is a little crazy but really funny. And Jannice Tjeder has a really off-the-wall sense of humor. All of them are AMAZING dancers.

What was your favorite Fort Wayne hotspot? – The movie theater (The Rave) and Coldstone

What are your thoughts on the Brazil trip? – The trip is great for getting to know the team better, on and off the field.

What dorm will you be living in at Notre Dame? – Farley

What is something about you that people may not know? – I was a support runner for the torch in the Salt Lake Olympics

Why is Texas soccer the best? – Because there are so many people

Favorite Food – Mexican

Favorite TV Show – Friends

Favorite Movies – Old School Emperor’s New Groove

Best book you’ve read recently – DaVinci Code

Favorite Actor – Will Ferell