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      Erica LaShomb
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Greeneville, Tenn.

High School:
Greenville H.S.

Last College:
Clemson

Height:
5-3

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
12/19/1980

COACH KELLY ON LaSHOMB:

"Erica has shown that she has the ability to not only be a pure goal-scorer, but to be a great finisher as well. Heading into her senior year, I'm putting the decision on her shoulders as to whether or not she wants to show everyone the qualities I know she possesses."

LaSHOMB'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

AS A JUNIOR (2002): Competed in 11 matches and contributed one goal and seven shots...Scored during the home-opening rout of Arkansas State on Sept. 6 when she knocked in a touch pass from Rhian Wilkinson...The tally was part of the Lady Vols' six-goal outburst in the first half on their way to a 9-0 beating of the Lady Indians...

AS A SOPHOMORE (2001): Played in six matches, including the double-overtime affair against her former Clemson teammates...UT found itself on the short end of a 4-3 margin to the seventh-rated Tigers...Attempted a shot on goal versus LSU...

AS A FRESHMAN (2000): Provided an immediate spark to the Lady Vol offense with 10 points on four goals and a pair of assists...Participated in 19 matches and drew seven starts...Made first collegiate goal one to remember, as her tally at 39:44 gave the Orange a 1-0 advantage at North Carolina...Tally marked the initial time that the Lady Vols had ever scored on the Tar Heels...Responded the following match with a couple of helpers only 1:55 apart during the 7-0 rout of UNC Asheville...Netted the tying goal versus James Madison in a 2-1 decision at the First Tennessee Bank Classic...Also chipped in with a season-high four shots against the Dukes...Sent UT to overtime against Georgia by converting a feed from Wilkinson with 3:15 left in regulation...Shot came from 12 yards out and went top shelf on All-SEC keeper Nicole Williams...Notched a breakaway goal in the home finale over Northwestern...

AT CLEMSON (1999): Did not see any action with the Tigers during her first year of college...Clemson compiled a mark of 14-7-2 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals before being ousted by North Carolina...

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Started her prep career at Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio...Scored 30 goals in just 16 games as freshman in 1995, including a school-record six in one game...Voted to the Northwest Ohio Soccer League first team...Also a member of the Toledo all-district second team...Moved to Greeneville, Tenn., in 1996...Played varsity for Greeneville High School in her sophomore, junior and senior years...Totaled 120 goals and 54 assists during her GHS career...The 54 helpers were a new record for three seasons...Named to the All-Conference District I and the All-Tournament Region I first teams every campaign...Team's Offensive Player of the Year in '96 and '97 and was tabbed as the club's Most Valuable Player in 1998 and 1999...Member of the 1998 Under-17 Tennessee Olympic Development Program...

PERSONAL: Majoring in hotel and restaurant administration...Would love to own and manage her own restaurant in the future...Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and church youth group in high school...Her hobbies include playing basketball and golf, shopping and hanging out with friends...Was reunited with former youth soccer teammates Nikki Bratta and Cameron Conway when she joined the Lady Vols...Has two sisters, Nicole, 32, and Michelle, 27...Nicole was a member of the golf team at Penn State, while Michelle graduated from UT in '98...Erica Lyn LaShomb was born Dec. 19, 1980, in Massena, N.Y...Her parents are Duane and Shirley LaShomb...Her father played college hockey at Clarkson.

LaSHOMB'S CAREER STATISTICS

OVERALL
YearGP/GSShotsGoalsAsst.PointsGWG
1999*Injured - Out for Season
200019/72242100
20016/010000
200211/071020
Totals36/73052120
SEC
YearGP/GSShotsGoalsAsst.PointsGWG
20008/181020
20014/010000
20023/000000
Totals15/191020

(*Clemson)

UP CLOSE WITH ERICA
Nicknames: E, Eric, E-Bomb

I wear number 4 because... 19 was already taken

Favorite song: Anything by Eminem

Favorite TV show: Friends

Favorite class at UT: Bowling

Most impressive person you know: My mom

Person in history you'd like to meet: John F. Kennedy

First thing you'd do if you were head coach for a day: Give my team a day off

Person you would most like to trade places with for a day: Britney Spears

Teammate who has the best sense of humor: Marie-Eve Nault

Person who has most influenced your athletic career: My dad

Most memorable moment in athletics: Winning the SEC Tournament

Craziest ambition: To sail around the world

One thing you wish you were better at: Listening

Favorite sport besides soccer: Golf

One possession you'd keep if you lost all but one: A picture of my family

Team you'd most like to see added to the schedule: University of Hawaii...in Hawaii

The best advice I've ever been given is... "Have more confidence"

If there were a movie about your life, what would it be called? "Where Haven't I Lived?"

Who is the actress who would play the part in a movie about your life? Jennifer Lopez

What actor would you like to play your romantic interest? Ashton Kutcher

A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is... Italy

What motivates you? My teammates all working hard to achieve something

Why did you choose to attend Tennessee? I love orange...and the people!!!

Since I've been at UT, I've learned... how to trust people

The best things about playing soccer for the Lady Vols are... the friendships that I have developed

Which teammate will be the biggest surprise in 2003? Sue Flamini

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