Catching Up with Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks played at Whitewater for all four years of high school from 2009-2013. She now is a senior at Columbus State University where she plays midfield and leads as one of the captains for the Lady Cougars while attending the School of Nursing. We recently had an opportunity to catch up with Taylor and hear a bit more about what she’s up to on (and off) the field now.
Tell us your most memorable soccer experience at Whitewater.
My most memorable soccer experience at Whitewater is either making it to State Championship all 4 years, or when I threw the ball in during a game and it hit the referee in the back of the head.
Where did you play club soccer?
Concorde Fire South
What was the most difficult thing to handle when transitioning from club/ HS soccer to college soccer?
The intensity of college soccer is much higher than high school and club, but I fell that Whitewater and Concorde both prepared me for the competitive atmosphere. The hardest part was balancing the tougher class loads of college with practices and games.
Your best soccer experience at Columbus State?
My best, and somewhat worst, experience at Columbus State was when our team lost in the National Championship in 2015 to Grand Valley State. I was so proud of our team for making it to the championship and being the first team to go to the semi-finals, but losing was one of the most heartbreaking experiences I’ve ever endured.
Do you have any advice for the young ladies beginning their careers at Whitewater?
I would say to enjoy every minute of the high school atmosphere, whether it be practice every day that starts to take its toll, or the long bus rides to away games. The memories I made while in high school are filled with laughter and craziness that mostly happened while I was with my teammates. I am blessed to be able to continue to play throughout college but even that time was short and flew by, so don’t wish it away when times are hard; work through it and look forward to enjoying the times that are good.
What are your plans after college?
I plan to begin to work as a nurse after I graduate and eventually specialize in pediatrics.
Here are some awards Taylor and her team have accomplished over the past three years:
- National Runner Up (2015)
- Southeastern Region Champions (2014, 2015)
- Peach Belt Conference Tournament Champions (2014, 2015)
- Peach Belt Conference Regular Season Champions (2013, 2014, 2015)
- D2CCA All-Southeast Region Second Team (2015)
- All-Peach Belt Conference Second Team (2013, 2014, 2015)
- Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team (2014, 2015)