Lauren Elwer already has so many trophies and medals that it takes up two rooms in her house.
The Bishop Kelly girls soccer player just took home the 2018-19 Idaho Press' Sports Stars Girls Soccer Athlete of the Year Wednesday night. But she is going to have to find space for another one.
The senior was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Idaho Girls Soccer Player of the Year Thursday morning. Elwer is the first player in program history to receive the award.
“It was super exciting to see all my hard work pay off and kind of have all those awards lead to the biggest one to end my high school career,” Elwer told the Idaho Press. “It’s pretty surreal. I’m super lucky to have had such an amazing team and coaches, or none of this would have happened in the first place.”
The 5-foot-7 forward was the catalyst of another flawless season by the Knights last fall. They outscored their opponents 142-14. Elwer accounted for a third of those goals herself.
She scored 47 goals, the most in the state by a girl or boy, with 16 assists, while leading Bishop Kelly (22-0) to the 4A Southern Idaho Conference title, the District III championship for the 10th year in a row and a third consecutive state crown that extended Idaho's longest active winning streak to 64 games.
Elwer was the SIC Player of the Year, the 4A State Player of the Year for the second straight season, made the United Soccer Coaches Fall Girls High School All-Northwest Region Team, played in the High School All-American Game and was ranked No. 101 in the 2019 recruiting class by TopDrawerSoccer.com for those efforts.
She ends her high school career as a three-year starter. Elwer could have started all four years, but chose to play junior varsity her freshman season with her triplet sisters, Grace and Evelyn.
Elwer still left as the school’s all-time leader in goals (134) and assists (64).
The only games the Knights ever lost with Elwer in the lineup were the first two she ever played in back in August of 2016. It resulted in an incredible 64-2 record.
“She is a humble person who does not seek out the attention that has come her way based off her success on the field,” Bishop Kelly coach Meagan Lyons told the Idaho Press. “Her stats speak for themselves in the sense of her having a major role in the team’s success over the past three years.
“At the end of the day, all Lo (Lauren) ultimately wanted, was for her team to win. She was not focused on her individual success.”
Elwer was a star on the track as well. She was part of Bishop Kelly’s 4A state record-breaking 4x200-meter relay team with a time of 1 minute, 41.99 seconds.
She also graduated with a 3.95 grade-point average, served a mission trip to Haiti, volunteered as a youth soccer coach and for a program that assists homeless students.
Elwer will continue her career at Gonzaga University in the fall. She leaves for Spokane, Washington, in two weeks.
“I’m obviously nervous, but more than anything, I’m so excited to finally be there and be with everyone,” Elwer said. “I can’t wait to play with such amazing players and in such a challenging conference. It’ll definitely be a huge change, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Other recent winners include Centennial’s Makayla Christensen (2017-18), Weiser’s Lauren Bouvia (2016-17, 2015-16), Boise’s Sophia Kallas (2014-15) and Rocky Mountain’s Raimee Sherle (2013-14).