CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Each Tuesday through the women’s soccer season, Charlotte49ers.com will feature alumnae of the program in celebration of the program’s 20th campaign in 2013. Former players were selected at random for the Q&A and the plan was to include all eras of the program, dating back to its inception in 1994.
This week’s edition features Lindsey (Beam) Ozimek (2004-07). Beam-Ozimek, a Greer, S.C., native, played her first year for Neil Roberts and her final three seasons for Jon Lipsitz. She was a part of the NCAA Tournament squad in 2007, Atlantic 10 regular-season championship teams in 2006 and 2007 the Atlantic 10 Tournament title-winning squad in 2007.
As one of the more prolific players in program history, she started 79 of the 81 games in which she played, netting 20 goals and adding a school-record 43 assists for 83 points. Five of her scores proved to be game winners and she also attempted 164 shots.
She was selected as a Soccer Buzz Third Team Freshman All-American in 2004 and to the Lowe’s Senior CLASS All-American squad in 2007. She also collected CoSIDA Academic All-American plaudits from 2005-07, each year she was eligible, and as the school’s first NSCAA/adidas Scholar in 2007. Her final two CoSIDA honors were first-team accolades, becoming the program’s first to receive such an honor.
Her 79 games started, 83 points and 164 shots place her in a tie for sixth in program history in all career categories, while her 19 assists in 2005 are tops on the single-season chart. Her 13 assists two years later as a senior are tied for second in the school’s record books.
1. What factors led to your decision to attend Charlotte?
I knew as soon as I stepped on campus that I loved the school. I was transferring from another university (Clemson), so my husband Erik and I took a visit to the Charlotte campus on our own. We walked around campus and I knew it was where I wanted to be. I actually ran into and met, Kelsie Ormsby, who would be my future teammate at Charlotte.
2. How did you see yourself grow as a soccer player and as a person during your collegiate career?
The growth I experienced during my collegiate career both as a player and a person was tremendous. I was blessed to have a coach who believed in me and poured into me. I learned so much about what it means to be not just a leader, but a servant leader. I was also put in a competitive environment every day that pushed me to become a better player every time I stepped on the field.
3. What are some of your fondest memories of playing soccer with the 49ers?
I have so many fond memories of my career. There were times on the bus, in the hotel when we would travel and in the locker room that still make me laugh to this day. It is so hard to pick one memory to expound on, but one of my favorites is definitely when we were playing against Dayton and needed the win to be regular season conference champions. My younger sister, Hailey, scored an incredible breakaway goal, and then Buda (Nicole Labuda) scored the game-winning goal for us to be conference champions.
4. How often do you play soccer these days?
Not as often as I would like. I am currently seven months pregnant, so it is safe to say I have not played much the past 7 months.
5. Where are you currently living (city, state)?
6. What is your current occupation?
7. Do you have any family (husband/kids/pets)?
I am a Regional Vice President for a home-based business, ACN
My incredible husband, Erik. My yorkie, Maverick. And little boy on the way! 8. What advice would you offer to a current 49ers women’s soccer player?
Soak it in. Looking back on my collegiate career, those were some of the best times of my life. I would love to be able to do it all over again! After we lost in the NCAA Tournament my senior season, I was inconsolable because a chapter of my life, one that had been so wonderful and amazing, was coming to a close. Make sure to enjoy and take advantage of every part of it! I was talking with my former teammate, Rachel Mees, at alumni weekend and we both agreed that we would even be willing to go through all the fitness tests just to have our college soccer experience again!!