|Laura Richards - 17
2006: Started every game at defender during her senior campaign ... was honored as one of UAB's Co-MVP's at season's end ... also named the Defensive Most Valuable Player at the C-USA Tournament after helping the Blazers win the title ... listed on the Soccer Buzz
Elite Team of the Week on November 8 ... earned her fourth varsity letter.
2005: Played in all 19 games as a junior...registererd 14 total shots, including four shots on goal and two assists for the Blazer offense...earned her third varsity letter.
2004: Had an extremely productive season as a junior as she saw action in 20 games and earned one start ... scored four goals and added five assists for a total of 13 points ... ranked third on the team in assists, fifth in points, and fifth in goals scored ... recorded three assists in an 8-0 win over Houston in C-USA play ... earned her second varsity letter.
2003: Saw limited action for the Blazers during the season and competed in two matches for a total of 44 minutes ... earned her first varsity letter.
High School: Played club soccer with the Oakville Angels under the tutelage of head coach Ron Wright ... the Angels were the 2000 Ontario Youth Soccer League Provincial Champions, two-time Ontario Cup Champions, six-time National Capital Champions and three-time Ontario Youth Soccer League Indoor Champions ... member of the Ontario Provincial team in both 2000 and 2001 ... in 2000, her Ontario Provincial team won the Canadian National Championship ... finished as the 2001 OYSL's second-leading scorer, as she recorded 18 goals in 16 games and was named the Most Valuable Player of her team in 2001 ... awarded with the Athletic Medal of Distinction five years in a row (1998-02) by the Oakville Angels ... also played basketball and volleyball at White Oak High School.
Personal: Full name is Laura Ashley Richards ... daughter of Deb and Gord Richards ... born on Oct. 10, 1985 ... has an older sister, Jodi, and a twin sister, Katie ... majoring in business marketing.