While she still has a team goal ahead of her, Laurentian Lady Vees soccer player Lisa Watson achieved a personal one on the weekend.
It has been a stellar season individually for Watson. She scored eight goals during the regular season to lay claim to the team's single-season scoring record, topping former record holder Erica Duczeminski. As well, those eight goals gives her 27 for her career, which makes her the Lady Vees' all-time scoring leader.
"It has always been a personal goal," Watson said of the scoring titles. "But every year I would get a little slump, maybe mentally, and I couldn't produce past five goals, so it was a nice ending to my last season to surpass that goal and men-t ally stay stable and be able to find the net a few more times this year."
Lady Vees head coach Rob Galllo couldn't say enough good things about Watson and what she adds to the team.
"It's both goal scoring and leadership she brings," Gallo said. "She broke the goal record and that's a big accomplishment, but the last few games she has taken the team on her shoulders. She's a competitior. She'll pick your pocket and has excellent speed. She's five-foot-nine and she drives the net and is a difficult lady to deal with in physical play. She will run you over if she has to. Then there's the leadership she brings, and the girls will follow her. She is an assistant captain and a fifth-year player and she wants to go all the way in her last year. She is a key component of our team right now."
Watson's final goal is to go on a long playoff run with the Lady Vees.
"I'm happy with how my years have gone, but it would be nice this year to make some final four movement and work my way toward that accomplishment," she said.
If that is not to be, it won't diminish her time at Laurentian and with the Lady Vees.
"We have such a great squad and they are such fun girls to play with, I enjoyed my time regardless of standings and stats," she said.
Watson took a few moments to reflect on her five years at LU and as a member of the Lady Vees.
"It went by so quickly," she said. "It has been a journey with lots of ups and downs and developing as a player and a leader and learning about the girls and what works and doesn't."
Watson would reccomend the Laurentian experience to any young soccer player weighing her post-secondary options.
"Every year, each girl has a girl they mentor, so when they come in as recruits and we sit and talk to them and they ask about the school and what it is like and the selling point for me is the atmostphere at school," she said. "I can walk across campus and see at least four or five friends along the way and in classes you are part of it, you're not just a number. The education I received and the friends I made because would be very different if I didn't come to Laurentian.
"I want to be a phys-ed teacher and I like how education comes first here and other things are secondary. Playing on the team was a big pull for me to come here and the pro-g rams available to me were great. When I talk to people intestested in coming here I tell them everything and hope that speaks to them."
While her playing career will end after her last Lady Vees game, the Newmarket native won't stray far from the soccer pitch.
"I just recently started coaching a U17 team in Markham and I'll be developing young girls and hopefully I can transfer the knowledge I earned here and keep soccer in my life by coaching these girls," she said.
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