Housy's Lauren Segalla has a Talent for Finding the Net. By John Torsiello.
As a freshman, Lauren Segalla made a huge impact for the Housatonic girls soccer team As a sophomore, she has been off the charts in leading the Mountaineers to a 13-3-0 record and a third seed in the CIAC state Class tournament.
Housatonic has a first round bye in the tourney and takes on the winner of the Putnam and Windsor Locks game Thursday at 2 p.m. in Falls Village.
As a frosh, Segalla tallied 17 goals and added six assists, earning All-Berkshire and All-State honors in the process. This year, she has scored a remarkable 47 goals and added seven assists going into state tournament play.
She has scored five goals in a single game on several occasions, set the school record for most goals in a single season when she tallied her 30th during a win over Wamogo, and has continued on unabated.
While she has become one of the highest scorers in Connecticut high school soccer in only two years, Segalla prefers to talk about team goals rather than her personal aspirations.
“So far I am pleased with the season, we are tied for second in the state Class S, and that earned us a first round bye in the tournament. The goal coming into the season was to make a deep run in the states. My goal for the remainder of this season is that we continue to improve as a team and we make a good showing in the tournament.”
Segalla’s ability to put the ball into the net has been a big reason that the Mountaineers are one of the most potent teams offensively in the state, outscoring their opponents in 14 games, 88-22. They beat Thomaston, 11-0, topped Gilbert and Wamogo by identical 9-0 scores, and scored six or more goals in a game nine times. Housy’s only losses thus far came at the hands of BL champion Lewis Mills (twice) and Nonnewaug by a single goal.
Lewis Mills head coach Dennis Fowler has seen Segalla do her thing against his team and is duly impressed with the sophomore sensation.
“She is pretty special. She has some incredible physical gifts to go with excellent skill and tactical knowledge of the game. We put our best player, junior Maddie Murdick, on her for the entire game both times. And Maddie did a great job twice. She really limited Lauren with her physicality and toughness, but Lauren scored in each game we played Housy this season. It shows you the overall talent this young lady has. Once she matures a little more--we forget she just turned 16--she has the chance to be one of the BL's best all-time players.”
When not playing soccer for Housatonic, Segalla plays soccer the remainder of the year for her club team CFC United. Last winter, she played on the Housatonic girls’ basketball team and she says beating Lewis Mills in hoops last year was one of the highlights of her high school career thus far.
She also cited putting a header into the net off a corner kick during the soccer season as another highlight of her still young career.
Segalla began playing soccer at a tender age in a recreational league and recalls being pretty good at the sport almost immediately.
“I was fast and had a good sense of the game right from the beginning.”
Housatonic practices five times a week when the team isn’t playing, and Segalla uses these practices to work on aspects of the game that she felt failed to work for her during the previous contests and use the experience gained in those matches as a way to help her learn and improve her all-around ability.
“I definitely need to work on my movement off the ball to create space for myself and my teammates,” she observes. “There is always something to improve on. The key is that I have had some great coaches that help me work on improving those weaknesses.”
She believes her strongest assets as a soccer player are her field awareness, speed and power, something many opponents have been bowled over by during the past two seasons. She uses the few months of the summer break to chill out, take a rest from sports and relax. She prides herself on her schoolwork as well as her athletic ability.
“I am a good student and put a lot of effort into my school work so it will pay off in the future. I am very interested in photography and hope to pursue this field in the future.”
Although it is too early to start thinking exactly where she will go to college, Segalla is beginning to mull over her possibilities.
“I am beginning to put some serious thought into college. I certainly intend to play soccer in college.”
But that is two years away and there is a lot of high school soccer to be played before Lauren Segalla heads off to greater challenges.