By Colin Bado, TSB Staff
The McKinney Boyd Lady Bronco soccer team is no stranger to success on the field.
After finishing second in District 10-5A, the Lady Broncos are preparing for their Area round playoff match versus Sachse on Thursday night. Across the board, they are replete with talented players. Almost every girl on the roster has college soccer potential, but one player in particular has separated herself from the rest of the pack.
The most interesting note about this particular player: she is just a sophomore.
You may not notice Taylor Cobb, who humbly stands 5 feet 4 inches. Her petite figure is deceiving for those who aren’t familiar with her style of play, but as they say, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. TopDrawer.com, a national recruiting tool, has Cobb ranked as the No. 14 player in Texas and No. 117 in the nation.
“She’s very deceptive,” said Lady Broncos coach Michele Estes. “Even though she is small in stature, she shows up to play.”
For Cobb (pictured above at right, wearing No. 21), soccer career goes beyond that of McKinney Boyd. She is also a member of the Sting Soccer Club, a renowned club that touts their mission for its soccer players as the “complete approach to developing excellence.” The Sting Soccer Club has been in existence since 1973 and is the women’s oldest and most prestigious soccer club in the nation. During her tenure at Sting, Cobb has had the opportunity to travel throughout the nation and compete against the top tier players that the United States has to offer.
“Playing for Boyd is very important to me, but the Academy (Sting) comes first,” said Cobb.
Even though Cobb is just old enough to drive, she has already committed to the Air
“I’ve known since middle school that’s where I wanted to go,” she said. “Both my
parents went to the Air Force. Once my college career begins, I would like to study
Cobb began her soccer career at the age of four in her hometown of McKinney. Her coach recognized her natural talent in the early stage of her career, and she continued to progress and develop as she played for Black Watch Premier before beginning her career with Sting. Cobb continues to work hard on a daily basis to improve at her craft, and aspires to be a part of the National Team someday.
You won’t find Cobb leading the statistical charts with goals or assists, but her
contribution to the Boyd soccer team doesn’t go unnoticed. Playing midfield, Cobb
controls pace of the game with her dynamic ball skills.
“I have good ball control and distribute the ball well,” said Cobb.
“She’s very reliable and fierce competitor, but stays calm and collected,” said Estes.
“She’s well balanced and quick with the ball. The team comes first with her, and she never compromises the girls when she is in control of the ball.”
Despite being a sophomore, her skill and work ethic has made a lasting impression
among her peers and the coaching staff.
“Taylor has great character,” said Estes. “She may not be the most vocal, but she leads by example. Whenever I ask her to do something she responds with, ‘yes ma’am’ and gets to work.”
Cobb’s character on the field doesn’t stray when she leaves the pitch. Her “blue collar” work ethic on the field transfers into the classroom, as she currently maintains a 4.2 GPA and engages in Pre-AP coursework. Outside of school, Cobb is actively involved at Cross Point Church in McKinney, assisting with Vacation Bible School and Children’s Ministry.
Her selfless mindset embraces the intimacy of the Boyd soccer team. “We are all really good friends,” said Cobb. “Our relationship transfers onto the field allowing us to be successful.”
Cobb and the rest of the Lady Broncos have their eyes set firmly on winning the
program’s third state title in school history. But win or lose in the following weeks, Estes and the rest of the Boyd girls soccer program can breathe easily knowing that Cobb won’t be going anywhere for the next two seasons.