Feb. 13, 2013
Goalkeeper, 5-6, Cary, N.C./Panther Creek H.S.
Quoting Miller: “Taylor is a consistent and dependable goalkeeper who possess the ability to change or take over a game in an instant. She is a big-time player that excels in big games as a result of her tireless preparation and deep competitiveness. She is technically and tactically sharp, which coupled with her leadership, makes her an all-around solid goalkeeper. We expect her to compete immediately for time in the goal.”
High School: Will graduate in June, 2013 from Panther Creek High School in Cary, N.C.…Ranked by TopDrawerSoccer as the 107th best recruit nationally, the No. 14 player in the South Atlantic Region and No. 10 goalkeeper in the nation in the Class of 2013…Ranked by ESPN-HS as the No. 135 player nationally.Two-time All-Tri-Nine Conference honorable mention selection…Two-time Academic All-Tri-Nine Conference selection...Two-time finalist for the Gatorade State Player of the Year Award…Among her individual club accomplishments are: led the Region 3 Premier League in save percentage in 2010 and was named the Most Valuable Player at the SuperY Nationals…Competed in the North Carolina Olympic Development Program (2007-12) as well as a member of the Region III Olympic Development Team from 2008-10…Played for the CASL Chelsea Ladies for head coach Damon Nahas from 2011-13…Guided Chelsea to back-to-back National Championships and back-to-back Southeast Conference titles in the Under-17 and Under-16 age groups (2011 and 2012)…Played for the CASL Spartan Elite Black from 2007-11…Led team to the 2011 USYSA Region 3 semifinals and North Carolina State Cup, the 2010 R3 Premier League championship, ECNL National Semifinals and the ECNL Southeast Conference title and USYSA Region 3 semifinals and 2009 USYSA National Championship finalist and Region 3 title…Also guided team to the 2008 SuperY National Championship…Four-time North Carolina Cup State Champion…Competed at various US Soccer Training Centers in Winston-Salem, Greenville, S.C., Greensboro, Richmond, Va., Frisco, Texas, Montevallo, Ala. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Personal: Born Taylor Marie Francis on March 29, 1995…Daughter of Joe and Kellie Francis…Honor Roll student…Hobbies and interests include whitewater rafting, backpacking (has been to Europe) and dance…Plans to major in biology.