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Dedicating himself to soccer nearly year-round prepared senior Taylor Shaver to play at the next level, and on Thursday he signed a letter-of-intent Thursday to play for Georgetown College.
His combined athletic and academic scholarships amount to a 99 percent full ride.
“All those years of club soccer, all those years of driving, it paid off,” SCHS Coach B.J. Andriot said.
Shaver was a 4-year varsity player for the Rockets and also played club soccer for Mockingbird Valley.
“We’d go to tournaments,” he said. “Playing the best teams in the nation got me ready. B.J. and my club coach, Damien Sweeney, are great coaches. They got me ready for everything.”
Shaver made the all-region team as a junior. In the fall he scored 12 goals for SCHS.
He will be playing the same position at Georgetown and hopes to make an impact immediately.
“I have a pretty good chance of getting a starting job as a freshman,” Shaver said. “That’s nice to hear.”
He credited Andriot with giving him the extra help after practice that enhanced his footskills.
“Georgetown’s lucky to have him,” Andriot said. “Technically, he just does some special things with the ball. And he loves the game.”
Shaver said he was drawn to Georgetown for its proximity to family, its program and coaching staff and the opportunity to major in education. He hopes to coach soccer at the high school level one day.
Shaver is also going to be surrounded by familiar faces.
“A bunch of my friends are going there. Kids on the soccer team Mockingbird -- two of them are going with me. [One] is a forward. Hopefully, I’ll be able to work with him,” Shaver said. “Georgetown has had some good success as an NAIA school. I’m looking forward to that.”