MTA’s Morgan Taylor graduates early to get a head start on college academics, college soccer and college life!
Morgan Taylor, known to her friends as “Mo”, has never stepped on a HS soccer field. She has never been named to a HS All-Conference or All-State team, yet she is already playing soccer at a “Big 10” school, University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her coach with MTA – Mark Yueill, says that: “The Badgers have flown under the radar by landing one of the top recruits to play soccer for a Minnesota club this year”. Mo lives in Wisconsin, where they play HS soccer in the spring, at the same time that MTA is playing in the ECNL and ramping up to State Cup. She has played for St Croix the last few years and they typically have played in the Midwest Regional League, also a spring season. Mo has sacrificed the opportunity to be named to an All-Conference team or All-State team because she knew that she was chasing something bigger.
High School academics were the same for her. Mo knew as early as 9th grade that she needed a plan to achieve something special, she even attended summer school, not because she was required to, but because she had a goal and had mapped out her plan. “How many HS kids would make that sacrifice?” stated Yueill. Mo’s plan worked so well that - with some encouragement from her future college coach - Paula Wilkins, she was able to graduate from New Richmond High School in January of her senior year and start classes at UW – Madison one week later.
Coach Wilkins says; “We are really looking forward to seeing Mo reach her potential both on and off the field, she possess great speed and we are looking forward to her helping our back line next fall and in the future.”
“We are very proud of Mo and all her hard work she has put in”. Last fall, when all her MTA teammates were playing HS soccer here in Minnesota, Mo would drive over from New Richmond, WI and train with our boys teams. She stood out too, not as the only girl on the field, but as one of the better players out there. “I am really looking forward to watching her play soccer in the Big 10” says Coach Yueill.