By Alex Stanley
(July 15, 2015) - After finalizing her classwork at Princeton, Lauren Lazo was signed by the Breakers, and in a span of two days was already seeing time on the field. As if making the leap to professional soccer was not hard enough, Lazo was immediately thrust into the new position of right back, on top of coming back from a recent injury.
The Scottsdale, Arizona native made her professional debut on May 16 in front of 2,669 fans at Soldier’s Field Soccer Stadium in Allston, Mass., and she had not even formally graduated yet.
“So, (Breakers head coach) Tom (Durkin) told me that I was coming up to train,” Lazo said. “And then, the first day that I was here training, he mentioned that I would be playing in the game. I hadn’t played in a few weeks, since I was coming off of an injury. The first couple of games were completely driven by nerves.”
But she did well for herself, entering a Breakers backline that was coming off three losses in four games. Lazo aided the team in a 1-0 win against the Portland Thorns, and saw time in a string of matches. Through 11 games, Lazo has appeared in six matches (five starts), logging 512 minutes.
Lauren Lazo in action against Seattle Reign FC (Photo By Mike Gridley)
Before coming to the Breakers, Lazo was a Princeton Tiger for four years, starting 64 out of 65 games in her time. She was a three-time All-Ivy League player, and co-captained the Tigers in her senior year.
Lazo spoke highly of her time at Princeton, saying that she would not have changed her time there, even though she sometimes thought she should have gone to a higher-level soccer school.
Because of this, she has had to further acclimate to such a soccer-intense environment.
“The biggest change for me is that everything relies on soccer,” she said. “So, in school if you have a bad practice or a bad game, you have other things to distract yourself.”
Lauren Lazo in her professional debut against Portland Thorns FC (Photo By Mike Gridley)
Stretching further back in her career, Lazo starred on a youth club team that saw eight Arizona state championships. She added that although she does love the experience of the East Coast, she misses the Arizona sunshine.
But, she has looked at home in this Boston summer heat, proving herself to be a dominant force on the right side of the field, even while facing up against stars like Washington’s Crystal Dunn and Seattle's Kim Little.
Lazo hopes to continue to be a mainstay in this young Breakers side, as it continues to grow and look to make a push for a playoff position.