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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


AWARDS:
Redshirt Senior season (2014)
• SEC Brad Davis Community Service Scholarship Nominee
• NSCAA Second Team Scholar All-America
• 2014 First-Team All-SEC
• Capital One Academic All-America Third Team
• NSCAA All-Region First Team
• Capital One All-District Team
• Senior CLASS Award Candidate
• SEC Community Service Team
• SEC Preseason Watch List
• Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week (Aug. 26)
• College Sports Madness First-Team All-SEC
• SEC Academic Honor Roll

Senior season (2013)
• NSCAA Second Team All-South Region
• First Team All-SEC
• SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 7)
• TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Week 7)
• CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll (Week 7)
• SEC Defensive Player of the Week (10/8)
• TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (10/9)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll

Junior season (2012)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll

Sophomore season (2011)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll

Freshman season (2010)
• SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2014: Team captain…started all 24 games she played in at centerback, logging the second-most minutes on the team with 2,127…scored four points on a pair of goals…kicked off the season with one of the Gamecocks’ three two-goal performances, netting a pair of goals on set pieces in a 2-0 win over ECU (8/22)…fired a season-high four shots against Samford (8/24)…also attempted four shots against Mississippi State (10/30) on Senior Night…helped the Gamecocks to shutouts in their first two NCAA Tournament matches before being shown off vs. Seattle (11/21) after receiving two yellow cards…missed South Carolina’s Round of 16 win vs. No. 6 North Carolina after the red card vs. Seattle (11/21), but returned the action for the program’s first NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal vs. No. 2 Florida State (11/28)… South Carolina allowed just 11 regular-season goals and finished the season with a 0.72 goals against average – 26th nationally and tops in the SEC – after seeing just 18 balls hit the back of the net…13 shutouts is second-most in school history.

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
2014 24-24 2127 2 0 4 24 .083 8 .333 1
TOTAL 86-67 5995 6 3 15 51 .118 19 .373 3