Dash

Lauren Sesselmann
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Defender
  • Houston Dash
  • 5' 8"
  • 08-14-1983
  • Marshfield, WI
  • Purdue

 

Canada national team defender selected by the Houston Dash with the third pick in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft from FC Kansas City.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Started six games as Canada won the bronze medal at 2012 Summer Olympics

2013 NWSL: Made 21 starts for FC Kansas City … Named to NWSL Best XI Second Team

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2010-11: Played for Atlanta Beat (WPS) … 2009: Played for Sky Blue FC (WPS), which won the championship … 2007-08: Played for F.C. Indiana (WPSL, W-League) and won the WPSL championship in 2007.

INTERNATIONAL: Member of Canada national team since 2011 (39 caps) … Started six games as Canada won the bronze medal at 2012 Summer Olympics … 2013: Appeared in 12 games (10 starts), including Cyprus Women’s Cup and Four Nations Tournament … 2012: Appeared in 18 games (17 starts) … Started all six games at 2012 Summer Olympics in London, helping Canada win bronze medal … Played in Cyprus Women’s Cup and 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament, where Canada finished second … 2011: Appeared in 8 games (7 starts) in first year with national team … Made five appearances (4 starts) and won a gold medal at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara … Made debut for Canada as starter against United States in friendly on Sept. 17, 2011 in Kansas City

COLLEGE: Completed four-year career at Purdue University as the program's all-time leader in goals (34), assists (22) and points (90) … Two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree … 2005: Named first-team All-Big Ten after missing 2004 season with foot injury … Broke records for goals (34), assists (22) and multi-goal games (teammate Jessica Okoroafo later eclipsed her goals record.) … 2004: Missed the season due to a foot injury …2003: First-team All-Big Ten selection … Named to Academic All-Big Ten team … Led Boilermakers with 10 goals … Scored game-winning goal against Western Michigan to send Purdue to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 … 2002: Named to Academic All-Big Ten team … Appeared in all 22 games (21 starts) and tallied six goals and four assists … Selected for Boilermaker Challenge Cup all-tournament team … 2001: Led Boilermakers in goals (nine) and assists (six) as a freshman … Appeared in 19 games (17 starts) … named to Boilermaker Challenge Cup All-Tournament team … Soccer Buzz All-Freshman Great Lakes Region team selection and the named to Freshman All-America third-team

PERSONAL: Full name is Lauren Marie Sesselmann … Parents are Ernie and Debbie Sesselmann and she has two younger brothers, EJ and Aaron … Raised in Green Bay, Wis. … Father was born in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada, making Lauren eligible for Canada citizenship, which she exercised in 2010 … Favorite athletes include Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm, Lionel Messi, Anfernee Hardaway, Clay Matthews and Serena Williams … Favorite teams include the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers … In 2013, was one of 28 athletes featured in Sportsnet Magazine’s The Beauty of Sport … Earned four varsity letters in both soccer and basketball at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wis. … Four-time offensive MVP for soccer team … Four-time first team all-conference and all-area selection … Three-time first team all-Wisconsin selection … Named the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior … Scored 101 career goals and added 56 assists … First team all-conference and all-area honorable mention in basketball as a senior … awarded the American Legion Athlete Award as a senior.