Women's Soccer Signs Taylor
May 4th, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif -- Since its season-closer against California Baptist on November 12, The Master’s College women’s soccer team has been hard at work in preparing for the 2012 campaign. From coordinating schedules to the rigors of off-season conditioning, the Lady Mustangs are beginning to place themselves on a trajectory for success.
One of the most notable acts of preparation has been the off-season signing of Mackenzie Taylor, a senior center midfielder from Liberty High School of Bakersfield, California. Taylor contributes to the Mustangs an impressive skill set that has been refined on both the prep and club levels.
The 2011 first-team All-Southwest Yosemite League midfielder led the Patriots to a 12-8-2 record in her senior year. Taylor was also named second-team all-area in 2011 and was named Liberty’s “Most Improved” player in 2009.
Planning to major in Liberal Studies (teacher education) with an emphasis in mathematics, the Bakersfield native hopes to have a major impact on the program in hopes of being able to build her skills as an athlete in order to serve as a coach in years to come. Off the soccer field, Taylor anticipates the opportunity to grow stronger in her walk with Christ and also grow as a person alongside teammates and fellow students alike.
Sixth-year TMC head coach Curtis Lewis is equally thrilled to have Taylor on board and anticipates excellence from the future Mustang. "She (Taylor) is a great technical player who passes the ball well and has potential to provide great size and stability in the middle,” Lewis states of the new recruit. "I'm excited to see how she'll grow as both a player and person in her time at TMC. This is a great opportunity for her."
The Mustangs went 11-10-1 in 2011, finishing 4-5 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Lady Mustangs ventured into the postseason by making it to the semi-finals of the GSAC tournament before falling to conference rival Azusa Pacific University 2-1. The squad finished 26th in the nation and anticipates building off its success in the coming campaign.
Losing six seniors to graduation, the Lady Mustangs will be showcasing a younger squad in the coming season. Even though the new recruit will redshirt her freshman year due to an ACL injury, Coach Lewis anticipates that Taylor’s leadership, ballhandling skills, and love for the Lord will aid the Mustangs for years to come.