Taylyn Strickland started the season on a scoring tear.
The Plant City Raiders headed into the winter break with a 4-2-1 (2-1-1 district) record thanks in part to the hot foot of Taylyn Strickland. Strickland, a junior, leads the team with seven goals scored and has helped the offense outscore opponents, 18-5.
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You’ve had a great start to the season. How are things going for the team, in your opinion?
I think we’re doing pretty good. I think that we have potential to go far in our district if we keep working hard.
What are your goals for the season?
I want to get better as a player, connect with my teammates more, and score a lot more goals.
What’s your favorite thing about playing with this group of girls?
I just love the love and the fun we have together. I love our car rides. We listen to music and jam, it hypes us up and it’s super fun.
How long have you been playing soccer?
Since I was 4 years old.
What made you want to keep playing it for so long?
I just got really good at it and I have a passion for it. I always want to be my best and try my hardest. I feel like it’s like my superpower.
Are there any players you look up to and try to play like?
Yes, her name is Mia Hamm. She was my favorite soccer player growing up. I have all her movies, I used to watch all the things about her and wish to go to camp with her. That was my idol.
What advice would you give to a freshman on the team?
Be prepared to work really hard and be able to take constructive criticism. That’s a big part. They’re not trying to ruin your game. They’re trying to help you get better.