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Featured Athlete: Taylor Person

Courtesy of Taylor Person
Taylor Person committed to the University of Oregon to play D1 soccer. She commited on March 16.

Taylor Person is a junior who plays club soccer for FC Dallas and runs track for the high school. She recently committed to the University of Oregon for soccer.


Pre-game meal: Eggs, Avocado Toast, Banana and Peanut Butter

Pump-up song: Jimmy Cooks by Drake

Favorite show: Chicago P.D./ FBI

Athlete you look up to: Mallory Swanson


The Red Ledger: How long have you been playing soccer?

Taylor Person: I started playing when I was 7 and joined a club team when I was 9. 

TRL: What made you fall in love with the sport?

TP: I love the atmosphere and the girls I got to grow up playing with. All sports truly let you escape from all your problems and stress going on in your life for a couple hours.

TRL: How was the recovery process of your torn ACL?

TP: I like to look at it as not an injury, but a blessing in disguise. It gave me a few months to revamp my love for the game and learn so much more about myself mentally and physically. I got taught the importance of recovery, what my body needs strength wise a week as an athlete, what showing up everyday can do for you, etc. I’m 13 months post op and my recovery is still going as I’m doing everything I can do to prevent my knee from having problems again. 

TRL: After being injured for a year, how was your recruiting process?

TP: When my recruiting opened up I was 4 months post op and wasn’t getting a ton of interest from colleges. I was a month away from getting cleared to start non contact, so that helped me as a motivator to keep working and that my time would come once I got back to the game. 

TRL: How would you describe your visit to Oregon?

TP: Everyone always says you get a feeling when you’re on campus or at a school when you know it’s the right one. That’s exactly what I felt at Oregon, and that I didn’t feel at other schools I went on visits. I knew I was home and exactly where I was supposed to be. 

TRL: Why did you choose Oregon?

TP: Since I was little, Oregon has always been a dream school for me as my family was always supporting them growing up. As time went on I began to have interest in other colleges I might want to play at but Oregon was always in the back of my mind. My older brother, who’s a freshman at Oregon, decided to go there so when I went to visit him in October I got to see Eugene for the first time in a couple of years. I immediately knew this was where I wanted to be and continue my soccer career.

TRL: What are you most looking forward to playing collegiate soccer? 

TP:  On my visit, I got to meet the team and talk with all the staff members, and they made me feel so comfortable and like I could succeed there. I’m most looking forward to playing with my future teammates and growing as a player with my future coaches.

TRL: What is your advice to younger soccer players who dream to play at the collegiate level?

TP: Even when roadblocks come your way, it’s placed there as a learning opportunity for you to grow as a person and an athlete. If you have patience the right opportunities will come your way if you constantly work for it. 

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Going into her junior year of high school and third year on staff, Mia Reaugh is ecstatic to start the year as Editor-In-Chief with her partner in crime, Campbell Lester. Outside the classroom you can find Reaugh running at Celebration park, binge-watching the latest reality TV show, waiting in line at Smoothie King or hanging out with her awesome friends (shoutout Pink PJs). Reaugh loves all things competitive! She runs track for Lovejoy and got second place in the 4x400 with her best friends/teammates at state this past spring. Reaugh’s favorite things consist of: Powerade, Zach Bryan, sunsets, Armor Coffee, Taylor Swift and Hoka running shoes. If you have any movie, song or book recommendations, don't be afraid to tell her. Reaugh hopes this year doesn’t fit into the horrible junior year stereotype and is able to accomplish her hefty goals.

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