Buckeyes on the Frontlines

Former Ohio State women’s soccer goalkeeper Lauren “Taz” Robertson has made the transition from defending the Buckeyes’ goal to protecting her community. The Buckeyes’ career shutouts leader is currently serving the San Diego, Calif., community as a deputy sheriff.

by Brett Rybak

Former Ohio State women’s soccer goalkeeper Lauren “Taz” Robertson has made the transition from defending the Buckeyes’ goal to protecting her community. The Buckeyes’ career shutouts leader is currently serving the San Diego, Calif., community as a deputy sheriff.

Robertson is one of a nearly a dozen former Ohio State student-athletes who we caught up with this summer who are on the front lines working hard during this global COVID-19 pandemic. Like the other former Buckeyes, Robertson, who graduated with a degree in psychology in 2011, believes her time as a member of the Buckeye women’s soccer team has helped prepare her for a life in law enforcement.

How did Ohio State and athletics prepare you for what you are dealing with?

Ohio State Athletics prepared me for law enforcement in many ways. My partners and I are a team and we have to trust each other and work together in order to not just succeed but to stay safe. Being able to incorporate training I learned also keeps me active and fit to prepare me for duty.

What has this pandemic been like for you?

“It’s been an interesting experience. Even though a lot of things are changing for the public, my job remains the same. I still respond to calls and go where we’re needed. Of course during our medical calls we take all the precautions by wearing masks and gloves, but again, safety is already a big part of the job.”

What encouraging words would you say to others on the front lines?

“Keep working hard and stay safe. We are all here to support you.”

How can we help?

“Be supportive of first responders not just during this but as we get back to normalcy, too. “

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“Taz” Robertson – Back as a Buckeye 

A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Lauren “Taz” Robertson finished her career as a four-year starter in 2009 before helping the Buckeyes to their first College Cup appearance in program history in 2010 … drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft, Robertson’s career goals-against average of 1.03 ranks second all-time at Ohio State and her 283 career saves are the third-most in program history … a Third Team All-Great Lakes region and Second Team All-Big Ten selection, Robertson posted one of the most dominant seasons in program history in 2009, recording an Ohio State record 12 shutouts and a 0.63 goals-against average, the second-best in Ohio State history … the 29 career shutouts posted by Robertson are the most at Ohio State and the second-most all-time in the Big Ten.


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