St. Ursula senior Taylor Moront is arguably one of the finest girls soccer players to ever play on the fields of Northwest Ohio. She has been an important member of several national teams, one of the leading scorers on the St. Ursula 2004 state semifinalist team and an early signee to play Division I soccer at the University of Texas, which boasts one of the country’s best women’s soccer programs.
Strangely, Moront’s soccer career did not start in a glorious fashion. After participating in the Sylvania Youth Soccer Association program for several years, she attempted to make the Pacesetter U-9 travel team. Unfortunately, Moront did not make the Pacesetter A team, which comprises the club’s finest players, and instead spent a year playing on the B team. It would be the last time anyone questioned her abilities.
Moront arrived on the local high school scene with an explosion. As a freshman, she scored eight goals in her first three varsity games against three high-quality programs. For anyone who had not already heard of her talents, Moront’s performances in these contests announced to everyone that the Arrows had a unique talent on their hands.
Bruce Petersen has been the beneficiary of many outstanding soccer players in his tenure at the helm of the St. Ursula Arrows, but he fully appreciates the special talents Moront possesses.
“She is able to combine her outstanding speed, intense desire and love for the game into an outstanding package. She is eminently coachable and very good at offering suggestions,” Petersen said. “Having her on the team for four years has been a true pleasure.”
Despite her special talents and impressive resume, Moront seems to have remained humble and recognized that the game is not all about her. This past summer she was approached by a number of travel programs about the possibility of playing club soccer this fall. Adopting this approach would have meant abandoning her senior year with her Arrow teammates, but despite the inherent advantages of playing against some of the nation’s finest players, Moront decided she could not let her comrades down.
“I knew that my teammates were counting on me. We have a real chance at going far and I just could not do that to me team,” Moront said. “Playing against better players makes you better, but there is more than that to the game.”
Minor injuries have been about the only things to slow Moront’s game during her stellar high school career. Even now she is not playing completely healthy.
Moront recognizes she has had some minor injury setbacks, but has no intention of changing her playing style even if it means reducing her risk of injury.
“I might tend to overplay at times, but it is how I play and I cannot see myself changing,” she said. “I will continue to play hard. It is who I am.”
Soon Moront will take her considerable talents onto a larger stage at Texas, but she has an unfulfilled mission to accomplish first.
“When I was a freshman, we made it to state,” Moront said. “We have the talent this year to get there again and I am determined to make sure that we do. I am sure that we can.”
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