MADISON TOWNSHIP — She’s already the most celebrated girls soccer player in Richland County history and she still has her senior season in front of her.
There’s no telling how many more tricks Madison’s Taylor Huff has up her sleeve, but it ought to be to find out in the fall of 2020.
The three-time reigning Richland Source Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Huff led the Rams to the Division II state championship match last month. Second-ranked Madison fell to top-ranked Kettering Alter 2-0 in the finals at MAPFRE Stadium.
“It was just crazy to get here,” Huff said after the loss. “They really spread the field out and we were just a second off or a second late all day. But I feel blessed to have gotten here.”
In her three high school seasons, Huff has twice led the Rams to the Final Four. Madison lost in the state semifinals during her freshman year and is 55-6-7 during her career.
The ultra-athletic midfielder — she qualified for the state track meet in the 400 meter dash last spring, her first season of high school track — has scored 99 career goals and has 66 career assists. She ranks 10th on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s career assists list and could supplant Columbus Wellington’s Tracie Abbott as Ohio’s career assist leader next fall. Abbott had 88 career assists from 1999 to 2002.
Huff is a three-time United Soccer Coaches All-American, a three-time Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first-team All-Ohioan and was recently selected as the state’s Division II Player of the Year.
“We’ve got plenty of dents on the garage door to show how much all our girls have practiced,” said Zac Huff, Taylor’s father and Madison’s head coach. “Taylor never stops. She breathes soccer in and out.”
McKinley Mendenhall, Ashland: The Arrows were 11-4-3 and won a sectional championship thanks in no small part to Mendenhall. The junior forward scored 17 goals and was an All-Ohio first-team pick in Division I.
Lacee Bethea, Lexington: A senior forward headed to Bowling Green, Bethea scored 27 goals and added 14 assists as Lady Lex (13-4-1) reached the district semifinals. Bethea was an All-Ohio first-team selection in Division II.
Carley Campo, Crestview: A senior forward, Campo scored 28 goals and added 18 assists for the Cougars (16-2-1). She was selected to the All-Ohio first team in Division III.
Kathleen Leeper, Crestview: A junior midfielder, Leeper joined forces with Campo to make up the most prolific scoring tandem in north central Ohio. Leeper had 26 goals and 19 assists and, like Campo, earned a spot on the All-Ohio first team in Division III.
Emily Hart, Clear Fork: The senior scored just two goals, but had eight assists and was one of the top defenders in the area. She was an All-Ohio second-team pick in Division II.
Kyla Spencer, Ontario: A freshman forward, Sencer scored 21 goals and added 12 assists for the Warriors, who were 13-4-2 and reached the district championship game. Spencer was selected to the All-Ohio second team in Division II.
Olivia Bekeleski, Mansfield Christian: The senior midfielder scored 21 goals and added four assists as the Flames (11-7-1) reached district championship match. Bekeleski was an All-Ohio second-team pick in Division III.
Julia Litt, Madison: A senior, Litt anchored one of the area’s best defenses. The Rams (18-2-4) gave up 33 goals in 24 matches. Litt had one goal and one assist and was selected to the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team in Division II.
Phyllis Stanfield, Madison: There was more to the Madison attack than Taylor Huff. A junior forward, Stanfield scored 19 goals and added seven assists. She was selected to the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team in Division II.
Alaina Reed, Ontario: The senior forward joined with freshman Kyla Spencer at the top of the Ontario attack. Reed had 19 goals to go with 15 assists. She was selected to the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team in Division II.