Aug 8, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTaylor Meeks knows the next chapter in her soccer life will begin on the women's Northwest College soccer team in the fall.
Meeks made her decision official July 31, signing a national letter of intent at Lander Valley High School.
Meeks graduated in May from LVHS.
She was the Class 3-A player of the year last season for the LVHS Tigers.
Northwest College plays in the Region IX division.
"I'm more excited than nervous because it's a new adventure in my life," Meeks said. "I know that I'm not just going be tossed into some school, and there are people there to support me."
Meeks was selected as a three-time all-state player. In her senior season, Meeks had 18 goals and 11 assists.
"It has been a huge goal of mine to play college soccer," she said.
The first day of practice was Monday, Aug. 4.
"The training has been a whole new world," Meeks said. "In high school soccer, you don't do a whole lot of conditioning. The new exercises have been different."
Rob Hill is the Northwest College coach.
"In just the short time I have been with him, he is great," Meeks said. "He supports his athletes. I feel that he can take me to the next level in soccer."
Meeks is the daughter of Dallas and Leslie Myers.
Her sister, Mak Meeks, still plays for the Tigers.
Mak will be a senior in the fall.
"We have been best friends since she was born," Taylor Meeks said.
"We have a little bit of a rivalry because she is the defender and I'm a forward. I would love her to come join me next year at Powell. It will be hard because I have never been in a different town from my sister."
Meeks helped Lander finish second the Class 3-A state tournament in Jackson.
Buffalo won 1-0 over Lander in the title game. The contest went to a shootout.
"Shootouts are really hard to predict," Meeks said.
The pressure was felt by both sides.
"I'm not the type of person that will cry after a soccer game, but it really takes a toll on me because I was the first shooter and I missed it," Meeks said. "That is something that I have to live with, but we were still there. We made it. Life just goes on. It's just a game."
Lander defeated Jackson three times last season.
"We made huge milestones this season," Meeks said.
After the state title game, former coach Dean Schaff stepped down from the head girls coaching position.
"Schaff is a great coach," Meeks said. "He puts in a lot of time. He really supports his athletes, which is huge."
High school stats for Taylor Meeks
2010-11: all conference, team second at state 10 goals 6 assists, team second at state.
2011-12: all-conference, all-state, 23 goals, 14 assists top goal scorer in 3-A, second in state in goal scoring to GPOY leading offensive player in state when counting assists & goals. Third in state as a team.
2012-13: all conference, all-state, fourth in state as a team. 16 goals, 12 assists
2013-14: all-conference, all-state, 3-A girls soccer player of the year, second in state as a team. 18 goals 11 assists.
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