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Goal Keeper: Freshman anchors Golden Eagles

From high school to college, red-shirt freshman Ben LaCourse set goals to do it all on the soccer field.

After a stellar pre-college career, one conclusion can be made; this goalkeeper is a winner.

Ben LaCourse’s soccer career began at the age of five.

“I’ve always loved soccer. I’ve stuck with it ever since I started,” he said.

LaCourse attended Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, Okla. He began building his soccer resume with 46 wins over four years, including 34 career shutouts and 28 goals.

LaCourse received Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman, and was a four-time All-District and All-Metro honoree.

He picked up All-State honors as a senior and was named team MVP his final three seasons.

LaCourse set a goal early on to earn a soccer scholarship. After his award-winning high school career LaCourse received a scholarship to play at the University of Tulsa.

“I’ve been blessed to have received a scholarship. I definitely do not take it for granted and I am very thankful,” he said.

LaCourse spent a semester at Tulsa before transfering to ORU. This year is LaCourse’s first year of eligibility, and his first win came against Rogers State University where he recorded nine saves.

LaCourse attributes his play to his competitive nature. “I can’t stand losing. That’s what motivates me to work harder than the next person”, he said.

“We have set high goals for the season. We are striving to win a conference championship”, he said.

LaCourse sees all the pieces on this team to be successful in the postseason.

“I believe that with the coaching staff and players we have, it is more than achievable for us to win a conference championship”, he said.

LaCourse has thrived at almost every level of athletics; except the professional level.

One can’t help but wonder whether or not he’ll take his game to the next level after graduating from college.

“Personally, I want to play at the highest level I can,” LaCourse said. “If that means professional, that would be amazing. As for now, I’m focused on making all-conference, and helping my team make the NCAA tournament.”

Get to know Ben

-39 saves through eight games this year

Favorite food:  Sushi and fried rice

-Favorite movie:   “Braveheart”

-Favorite athlete:  Tim Howard

Favorite activity: Playing golf or ping-pong

-Favorite actor: Jason Segal

-Favorite band: Bon Iver 

-Favorite superhero: Bibleman 

-Most inspirational person: His grandfather

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