The University of Northern British Columbia’s Women’s soccer team has gotten physical, officially announcing the commitment of athletic midfielder Haley Taylor for the 2019-2020 season.
“I’ve been looking at UNBC for the past year, and I am so excited. I love this school. I’m enjoying the team culture and community here, and I can’t wait to get on the pitch.”
The native of Victoria visited the UNBC Prince George campus in August and November. She was able to tour the facilities, including the Northern Sport Centre, and trained with the Timberwolves.
“I instantly fell in love with it. I didn’t have an expectation, but when I came in here, I immediately had that home feeling. It felt right, and I immediately stopped looking at any other school.”
Taylor is a product of the Gorge/Lakehill program in the VIPL. She says joining a number of Vancouver Island-bred athletes, along with Timberwolves coach Neil Sedgwick, will make for a smooth transition.
“Having so many girls from Victoria on this team makes this that much more comfortable. I was able to talk to them, and get their opinions on the school. Plus, having Neil from Victoria is a great thing. I can train with him, and I have been able to see his habits, how he likes to train, and how he sees me as a player.”
Sedgwick says his new midfielder stood out from the first time he saw her play, and points to Taylor’s willingness to do what it takes as a major asset for the TWolves.
“There is always something that stands out about certain players when I am recruiting. In the first five minutes of watching Haley, I saw a maturity as a player and as an individual. She is constantly searching for information that will take her to the next level. Haley will be a joy to work with. She has great intangibles and a solid foundation as a player, and I think Haley will be a strong contributor to the development of our program.”
Standing five-foot-nine, Taylor moves fluidly on the pitch, and is quick to make contact with opposing players. She hopes to continue to develop as a player under Sedgwick’s watchful eye, and have a scouting report of what she can offer the Timberwolves.
“I’m definitely a playmaker. I like to look at the field, evaluate my best options, and work it forward, backways, sideways, or anywhere I can. I like to use the long ball, if I can get a point on the board. I like to use my body to my advantage. I have some muscle on me, so I like to get in on those hard tackles, and I am considered an aggressive player.”
Taylor is set to graduate to Reynolds Secondary in June, and will pursue BioMedical Studies at UNBC. She will join the Timberwolves for training camp in July 2019, and is ready to contribute to a program that has made back-to-back Canada West playoffs.
“I have been following UNBC’s updates and stats for a while. I love seeing their progress and how much they have grown over the last couple years. It is so nice to see them putting more points on the board and winning more games. I would love to contribute to that.”