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Taylor Leach
Taylor Leach

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Maumee, Ohio

High School:
Anthony Wayne

Height:
5-10

Position:
Midfield/Defender

Experience:
3L


2012-13 Gamecock Spotlight Video

2013 NSCAA Second Team All-South Region
2013 First Team All-SEC
2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 7)
2013 TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Week 7)
2013 CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll (Week 7)

2013: Started 22 matches at center back ... Played 1,773 minutes ... Selected to NSCAA All-Region Second Team ... Named to All-SEC First Team ... Tied for third on the team in goals with three ... Tallied an assist in 2-1 win at Clemson (9/6) ... Headed in game-winner in the 109th minute at No. 8 Florida (10/4) ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week (10/8) and to CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll (10/7) and TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (10/9) ... Recorded the fifth-fastest goal in program history against Vanderbilt (10/25) at the 1:32 mark ... Scored match's opening goal in a 5-0 defeat over Furman (11/15) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Part of defense that ranked 15th nationally in goals against average (0.59) and 25th in shutout percentage (.522) ... Tied for the second-most shutouts in a season in program history with 12 ... Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2012: Started all 21 matches of the season...scored four points on one goal and two assists....netted only goal of the season in a home match against Ole Miss (10/14)...added assists in back-to-back games at Arkansas (9/23) and at Auburn (9/28)...put four of her 13 shots on frame...logged the second-most minutes on the team with 1706...played on a backline that limited Vanderbilt, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU and Ole Miss to only 17 shots on goal in 470 minutes of action during a five-game stretch.

2011: Played in 19 matches as a substitute at forward ... Registered two shots and one on goal ... Saw most extensive action with 60 minutes at Arizona State (8/28) ... Attempted a shot against Kentucky (9/30) ... Took a shot on frame in the NCAA First Round against Texas (11/11).

2010: Squad member, did not compete due to injury and earned a redshirt ... Named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

PRE-COLLEGE: Two-time First Team All-District (2008-09) ... Three-time First Team All-League (2006, 2008-09) ... Two-time state Ohio state champion (2008-09) ... 2009 Regional finalist ... Played for Cleveland Internationals club team ... Named MVP at Super-Y National Finals Tournament (2009).

PERSONAL: Full name is Taylor Maree Leach ... Majoring in exercise science ... Chose USC over Dayton, UNLV, South Alabama and Long Island ... Has two sisters ... Father (Rodney) played football at Findlay ... Parents are Gina Perales and Rodney Leach.

WHY USC?: I immediately fell in love with the campus, environment, coaches, team and what USC has to offer for me to be successful.

Leach's Career Stats
YEAR GP-GS Min. G A P SH SH% SOG SOG% GWG
2011 19-0 389 0 0 0 1 .000 1 .500 0
2012 21-21 1706 1 2 4 4 .077 4 .308 0
2013 22-22 1773 3 1 7 6 .250 6 .500 2
TOTAL 23-0 569 4 3 11 11 .148 11 .407 2