Taylor Huff

Madison's Taylor Huff (13) poses with her teammates after winning the Division II state championship last month at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

MADISON TOWNSHIP — When selected Ohio’s Ms. Soccer late in November, Madison High School senior Taylor Huff called it the greatest individual award of her lifetime.

Then Wednesday happened.

Huff was chosen the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year when the organization introduced its All-America teams Wednesday. She shared the award with Highland Park (Texas) forward Presley Echols.

“This ranks at the top,” Huff said when chosen Ms. Soccer. “It’s definitely an honor to get it.”

A University of Tennessee recruit, Huff capped a sensational four-year career by leading the Rams to the Division II state championship last month at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

Her 93 career assists are a state record and her 133 career goals rank 11th in state history.

What’s more, Madison was 76-6-10 with three Final Four appearances, a state runner-up finish and a state championship in her four seasons.

“She lost six games in four years,” said Zac Huff, Madison’s coach and Taylor’s father. “That’s what I’m most impressed with.”

Huff was a four-time United Soccer Coaches All-American, four-time All-Ohioan and two-time Division II Player of the Year.

“We are all so proud of everything Taylor has accomplished,” Madison athletic director Doug Rickert said.

Huff was joined on the All-America team by Ashland forward McKinley Mendenhall. The senior scored 24 goals and had nine assists as the Arrows reached the Division I district final. Mendenhall will play collegiately for Ashland University.

On the boys side, Lexington’s Ryan Parker was an All-American for the second straight year. Parker had 31 goals and 21 assists and was selected to the All-Ohio first team in Division II for the second year in a row.

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I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@richlandsource.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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