Junior Lauren Currey has been a difference-maker ever since her NCAA career began at Drexel University. In her freshman season, Currey scored five goals and was named to the CAA’s All-Rookie Team. She followed that up with four goals and three assists in 2019. “I think my early success is due in part to my strong desire to see playing time, something a freshman cannot count on,” Currey told BGN. “Also, coming from very competitive high school and club teams helped prepare me to be able to contribute at the next level.”
“The upperclassmen at the time also made me feel confident in my abilities and were always pushing me to improve and that motivated me even more. I was timid at first, which is uncharacteristic for me but once given the chance to be successful, everything fell into place. My first collegiate goal was against the University of Delaware, a school I was once committed to. Scoring that first goal gave me the confidence to keep striving to be better each time I stepped on the field.”
That early success gave her a boost entering her junior campaign. She explained, “My success in my freshman and sophomore years gave me a lot of confidence going into this season. I looked forward to new teammates and learning how those new players would positively change the dynamic of our team.”
“However, due to COVID-19, I was unsure if we would even have a season. It was increasingly difficult to stay positive about playing at all. Once we finally learned we were able to play competitively, I was super excited and motivated to start practicing as a team and playing games again. It has not been easy or ‘normal,’ but we are blessed to just be able to play as a team again.”
Between the end of the 2019 season and this season getting underway, Currey said she worked mostly on her shooting and staying fit. “My technical skills can always improve so I do work on them as well, but I mostly worked on offensive aspects of the game when getting ready for the 2020-2021 season,” she added.
That work is paying off for Currey, who said she’s most comfortable playing as a forward. In just four matches, Currey has one goal, an overtime, game-winner in the team’s last match, and one assist. The Dragons have a 2-2 record thus far and there are definitely some good things happening within the team. Lauren explained, “Some positive surprises so far this season regarding the team is that more than just our captains have been stepping up and filling leadership roles, including myself. It has also been evident that everyone is very excited to be given the chance to play again after so long.”
Dragons win! Lauren Currey scores in overtime to lift the Dragons over the Tigers! pic.twitter.com/lYULxzV4n6
— DU Women's Soccer (@DrexelWSoccer) March 21, 2021
“Our freshmen who do not have much experience playing at the college level yet, have been stepping up when the team needs them, which is awesome. Overall, practices and games have been fun, but still competitive.”
Despite only being a junior herself, Currey already finds herself in the top-15 for career goals and points in school history with a top-ten spot very much in her sights. “Being able to even have the chance to become one of the top ten goal scorers at Drexel is an honor and just shows that hard work and dedication over the years can pay off,” she explained. “On top of this, it is extremely motivating and important that I do achieve this before I graduate, so I can leave my legacy at Drexel.”
“Some of my individual goals for the rest of my career are to continue to score goals and add more assists for my teammates. Every year since the start of my career, my personal goal for the season has been to score more goals and assists than I did the previous year, and I believe if I do this, I could reach my final goal of being one of the top ten goal scorers at Drexel.”
As she writes her name in the record books, it makes sense that Lauren Currey is majoring in history at Drexel. While she will end up being a historic player at the university, Currey’s desire to major in history is unrelated to a career in soccer. She explained, “I have high aspirations of attending law school and becoming an attorney after Drexel, which is ultimately what led me to major in history. Also, I have always enjoyed writing, and learning about the past so that also played a part in my decision.”
She doesn’t have a favorite era or person to study in history, but Currey said she “found it extremely interesting to learn about” female spies during the Civil War Era for a recent research paper.
“A school-related goal that I have is to continue to make Dean’s list and maintain a 3.7 or higher GPA until I graduate,” Currey said, already a two-time member of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic honor roll.
Lauren has excelled on and off the pitch at Drexel and explained what makes the school special to her. “The most unique opportunity Drexel offers is the Co-op cycle, it is available for both four and five-year students (four-year students get one co-op and five-year students get three co-ops),” she said. “This gives students real-life job experience before graduating from college, which I think is so important and can be so beneficial in the competitive job market.”
“I also really enjoy that Drexel is in Philadelphia, but not right in Center City. It is surrounded by culture and activities. There are so many things to see and do including awesome restaurants, great sports teams, and cool places to explore. You could never be bored.”
This weekend, one of the fun activities on campus will be a showdown between Drexel and Delaware State on Sunday at Vidas Field. As the season winds down, Currey said, “Some keys for my team to finish strong this season is continuing to positively fight through adversity and whatever is thrown our way, pushing each other more at practice to be our best, and continuing to work hard every day we have practice or a game.”