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Lara Campbell

November 18, 2011 | 9:52 pm No comments
By Chelsie Gamino

Junior goalkeeper Lara Campbell on Oct. 7, 2011 during the South Alabama match @ CIBER Field

The University of Denver’s women’s soccer team has had an amazing season, and finished with 16 wins and only five losses.

Junior goalkeeper Lara Campbell made an astounding 43 saves this season even after suffering a, high ankle sprain injury early on in the season.

During, “Captain’s practice, right before preseason started, I dove for a ball and landed weird and my ankle twisted.” Campbell said.

Campbell still had to attend practices while she was injured.

“It was fun to just see everyone and kind of see where the team was headed but it definitely was not a great experience.” Campbell said.

Luckily Campbell was able to recover by gradually strengthening her ankle before returning to the field for the rest of the season.

“As far as coming back and playing, it’s definitely been an adjustment in itself just because I haven’t really had a major injury in college,” however, “my trainer was great and my teammates were really helpful.” Campbell said.

When Campbell is not on the soccer field she enjoys participating in outdoor activities like, hiking and fishing.

Campbell is double majoring in Integrated Sciences and Psychology at DU and hopes to become a physical therapist.

She chose to go to DU because, “the soccer team was a lot of fun when I came and visited, the campus was beautiful and honestly the academics are great.” Campbell said.

Campbell has been playing soccer for about 13 years and, “it’s really helped me grow as a person.” Campbell said.

In order to balance soccer, school and a personal life, “you really have to be able to manage time effectively in order to make sure you have all of your tasks done for school.” Campbell said.

Her advice for future soccer players is, “work hard and have fun with it.”

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