The force in the middle of the Tigers' defense, Olvera logged the most minutes of any Pacific player in 2011 as the junior played 1594 minutes in 18 contests. As Pacific's sweeper, Lauren helped guide the Tigers to six shutouts and the third lowest goals against in the Big West. Additionally, she chipped in three points as Olvera added one goal and one assist. Her lone goal of the season proved to be the game-winner against UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 21 as she led Pacific to a 2-1 win over the Gauchos.
Made 11 starts and appeared in all 19 games for the Tigers, logging 1342 minutes. Scored her lone goal of the season in the Tigers’ 1-1 draw against No. 16 California, as she collected the loose ball and hooked a shot into the upper left corner from 25 yards out, in the 39th minute for a 1-0 lead. Added an assist in Pacific’s 2-0 win over UC Riverside, setting up a goal with a long throw in into the box, which was finished by Renae McFadden.
Olvera made an immediate contribution her freshman campaign, starting all of the 18 games she played. On two occasions, Olvera’s throw-ins were converted into goals by her teammates, giving Lauren two assists in 2010. Olvera’s first assist came in Pacific’s 5-0 pounding of Portland State on Aug. 28. Her second came in the very next game Lauren played, notching an assist in Pacific’s 2-1 victory over Albany on Aug. 30. Lauren was a big part of the Tiger defense that limited opponents to one of their lowest goal totals in Pacific history, with 17 to the Tigers’ 29 in 2010.
A graduate of Rosary High School in Fullerton, Calif., Olvera was a four-year letter winner in soccer for the Royals. Throughout her four seasons, Olvera proved to be one of the top players in the Trinity League after beginning her career by being named the league’s freshman of the year. As a sophomore Lauren was named to the All-Trinity League First Team, a feat she would duplicate as a senior in 2008. She earned three all-league awards throughout her career as she was also named second team all-league as a junior.
In club play, Olvera played for the Slammers FC in Newport Beach, Calif. As a slammer, Olvera was teamed with current Tiger, freshman Jamie Jimenez. Slammers FC was named the No. 1 youth soccer club in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com after they released their third installment of their ClubRank system ranking youth soccer clubs across the nation.
Born in Pasadena, Calif., she is the daughter of Henry and Eleanor Olvera. Lauren has two siblings, Steven and Jackie. She is majoring in Sport Pedagogy.