Lynn Williams (soccer)

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Lynn Williams
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Personal information
Full nameLynn Raenie Williams
Date of birth (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Fresno, California, United States
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
North Carolina Courage
Number 9
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2011–2014 Pepperdine Waves 78 (39)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2015–2016 Western New York Flash 36 (15)
2017– North Carolina Courage 38 (19)
National team
2013–2015 United States U23
2016– United States 18 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of August 7, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 8, 2018

Lynn Raenie Williams (born May 21, 1993) is an American professional soccer player who plays for the North Carolina Courage in the National Women's Soccer League.

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North Carolina Courage American womens soccer club

The North Carolina Courage is a professional women's soccer team based in Cary, North Carolina. Its former incarnation, the Western New York Flash, was a founding member of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., in 2013. They relocated to North Carolina for 2017. They are affiliated with the men's team North Carolina FC of the United Soccer League, and play their home games at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Early life

Born in Fresno, California to Christine and David Williams, Lynn attended Bullard High School where she played on the varsity team and earned all-league and all-area honors all four years. [1] Williams set the school record in scoring with 117 career goals (for boys or girls) and finished her high school career with 47 assists. [1] As a senior in 2011, she was named to the ESPN RISE All-American third team [1] and scored 50 goals. The same year, she helped the team to win county and section titles and was the runner-up at the regional final. [1] She was also named Player of the Year by the Fresno Bee. [2]

Fresno, California City in California, United States

Fresno is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Fresno County. It covers about 112 square miles (290 km2) in the center of the San Joaquin Valley, the southern portion of California's Central Valley.

Bullard High School is a public secondary school located in Fresno, California. Founded in 1955, it is part of the Fresno Unified School District, and as of 2011 had around 2,650 students on roll in grades 9-12, approximately 650 students per grade.

Pepperdine Waves, 2011–2014

Williams attended Pepperdine University from 2011–2014 where she played for the Waves. [1] During her freshman season, she started in all 20 games and finished third on the team with six goals and led the Waves with eight assists. Her 20 points ranked second on the team. [1] She was named West Coast Conference (WCC) Freshman of the Year and earned Soccer America Freshman All-American first team, NSCAA All-West Region second team, All-WCC second team and WCC All-Freshman team honors. [1] Williams set a new school record of five consecutive games with a point and tied for second with two multi-assist games. [1]

Pepperdine University private university near Malibu, California, USA

Pepperdine University is a private research university affiliated with the Churches of Christ and located near Malibu, California. It is the location for Seaver College, the School of Law, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Graziadio Business School, and the School of Public Policy.

Pepperdine Waves

The Pepperdine Waves are the athletics teams of Pepperdine University, located outside the city of Malibu, California. They compete at the Division I level of the NCAA. The school is a member of the West Coast Conference for the majority of its programs. Pepperdine University was recently ranked by the Sears Cup as having the most successful athletic program for non-football Division I schools. Pepperdine University sponsors seventeen NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics teams. There are also several intercollegiate sports clubs such as men's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, surf team, Ultimate Frisbee and men's rugby.

West Coast Conference college athletics conference of private parochial schools in the western United States

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As a sophomore in 2012, Williams led the Waves ranked third on the team and sixth in the league in goals (8) and points (19). She led the WCC in shots (97) and shots per game (4.6) for the second consecutive season. [1] She scored her first collegiate hat trick on October 23. Her season performance earned her NSCAA All-West Region and All-WCC first team and All-WCC first team honors. [1] In 2013, Williams started the first 15 games of the season and posted 11 goals and 3 assists (25 points) before missing the last few games due to injury. She ranked first in the WCC for goals per game (0.73, also third in the school's history), tied for second in game-winning goals and third in points per game (1.67, also fourth in the school's history). She set a school single-game record for shots with 14 on September 22. [1] Williams earned NSCAA All-West Region first team and All-WCC first team honors and was named the National Player of the Week by the NSCAA and CollegeSoccer360.com after scoring the game-winning goal against Wright State in August and then netting two goals and an assist against Texas A&M in early September. [1] She was also named WCC Player of the Week. [1]

Williams led the Waves with 14 goals and 10 assists in 22 starts during her senior season. Her performance helped lift the team to the third Sweet 16 appearance in the program's history. [1] She was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, was named first-team All-American by the NSCAA and Soccer America as well as All-WCC first team for the third straight year. [1] Her 14 goals ranked third in the WCC and tied for second highest in the school's history. Her 38 points also ranked second in the school's history. [1] Williams set a new school record for shots with 130 and ranked first in the WCC. [1] She was named WCC Player of the Week three times and Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week after scoring two game-winning goals. [1]

Hermann Trophy

The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the United States's top male and female college soccer players.

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Club career

Western New York Flash, 2015-2016

Williams was selected sixth overall by the Western New York Flash during the 2015 NWSL College Draft. [3] [4] She made her debut for the club during the team's season opener against the Seattle Reign FC on April 12, 2015. [5] In her 17 appearances during the season, Williams scored four goals. [6] The Flash finished in seventh place with a 6–9–5 record. [7]

Western New York Flash professional soccer club in the United States

The Western New York Flash (WNYF) is an American professional soccer club based in Elma, New York that competes in the United Women's Soccer league. They have won league championships in four different leagues: the USL W-League in 2010, Women's Professional Soccer in 2011, Women's Premier Soccer League Elite in 2012, and the National Women's Soccer League in 2016.

The 2015 NWSL College Draft was held on January 16, 2015 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Williams was one of the breakout stars of the 2016 NWSL season. She scored 11 goals which was tied with Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai for most in the league. Williams was awarded the Golden Boot as she had more assists then Ohai. [8] Williams was named 2016 NWSL Most Valuable Players and was in the 2016 NWSL Best XI. In the NWSL Playoffs Williams scored two goals in extra time as the Flash upset the Portland Thorns in the semi-final and advanced to the Championship Game. [9] In the 2016 NWSL Championship Game Williams scored a game tying header in the last minute of extra time to force the game to penalties. Williams converted her penalty as the Flash went on to defeat the Washington Spirit. [10]

North Carolina Courgae, 2017-present

It was announced on January 9, 2017, that the Western New York Flash was officially sold to new ownership, moved to North Carolina, [11] and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage. Williams scored 9 goals for North Carolina in 2017 and was named to the Team of the Month for April. North Carolina won the Shield in 2017 but lost to the Portland Thorns in the NWSL Championship Game. [12]

Williams had a very successful 2018 season. She scored 14 goals, which was tied for second best in the league. She was named Player of the Week twice as was named to the NWSL Second XI. North Carolina won its second straight NWSL Shield and Williams was named a finalist for NWSL Most Valuable Player. [13] She played every minute of North Carolina's playoff games in 2018 as the Courage won the 2018 NWSL Championship by defeating the Portland Thorns 3-0 in the final. [14]

International career

After a breakout 2016 NWSL season Williams received her first call-up to the United States women's national team in October 2016 for a pair of friendlies against Switzerland. [15] She earned her first cap on October 19. Williams entered as a substitute at the beginning of the second half and scored the fasted debut goal in team history as she scored 49 seconds after entering the game. Her record was broken four days later when Kealia Ohai scored 48 seconds after entering the game. [16]

In 2017 Williams was named to the roster for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, where she scored the game winning goal in a 1-0 win for the U.S over Germany. Her goal was the only one the U.S scored in the tournament as they finished in last place. [17] Williams was called up for the 2017 Tournament of Nations. [18]

Williams was named to the roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. WNT won the tournament for the second time. [19] She received a call-up for a pair of friendlies against Mexico in April 2018, but didn't play in either game. [20] Williams was on the 35 player provisional roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship but wasn't named to the final 20 player roster. [21]

International goals


Goal
DateLocationOpponentLineup#MinAssist/passScoreResultCompetition
12016-10-19 [m 1] Sandy Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland

on 46' (off Horan)

1.146unassisted1–04–0Friendly
22017-3-1 [m 2] Chester Flag of Germany.svg  Germany

off 79' (on Morgan)

1.156unassisted1–01–0 2017 SheBelieves Cup
32017-9-19 [m 3] Cincinnati Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand

on 46' (off Press)

1.155 Kelley O'Hara 4–05–0Friendly
42017-10-22 [m 4] Cary Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Start1.161 Megan Rapinoe 5–06–0Friendly
  1. "Second Half Fireworks Send New-Look USA to 4–0 Rout of Switzerland". U.S.Soccer. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  2. "Williams Goal Steers USA to 1–0 Win vs. Germany in 2017 SheBelieves Cup Opener". U.S.Soccer. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  3. "WNT Defeats New Zealand 5–0 in Front of Record Crowd in Cincinnati". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  4. "WNT Puts on a Show in 6–0 Defeat of Korea Republic in Cary, NC". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved December 13, 2017.

Personal life

Williams met her boyfriend, Marley Biyendolo, at Pepperdine. [22]

Honors and awards

International

Club

Western New York Flash

North Carolina Courage

Personal

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