Weatherford’s Sierra Taylor: Athlete Spotlight – Presented by Pond Agency American National Insurance

Weatherford High School senior and starting forward on the varsity soccer team, Sierra Taylor and the Lady Eagles finished the regular season with a record of 13-1 under head coach Rusty Barnes. 

“The season has been great so far we had a setback last on our last district game, but it gave us a better perspective on the things we need to work on my expectations are to go as far as we can this season and play every game like it’s our last,” said Taylor. 

The defense for Weatherford has been amazing. They recorded 12 shutouts giving up four goals all season. Taylor believes in her teammates and what they can accomplish when they play together and as a leader on the team, Taylor takes every opportunity to show leadership on and off the field. 

“My team is always encouraging and uplifting,” said Taylor. “Being a good leader means always putting your team first and encouraging as much as you can and always working hard.” 

Taylor started playing soccer at a young age, at it grew into the sport of choice. Now, she has an opportunity to continue playing after she graduates from WHS. 

“I started playing when I was nine and started playing competing soccer at age 12. I also did cheer and track and basketball,” said Taylor. “I am playing college soccer for Southwestern Oklahoma State University and plan on carrying my soccer career as far as I possibly can.” 

Taylor agrees without academics, the opportunity to play soccer would never happen. 

“Academics have always been important to me I am a student-athlete and the student part comes first,” said Taylor. 

Taylor said she has had many people help her on this journey, including her parents and coaches. 

“My biggest influencers have been my parents. They have always held me to a high standard and have expected me to work harder than the day before. Also coach Barnes and Alfredo Hernandez. Those coaches have always believed in me and pushed me to be my best. They gave me the confidence to be the player I can be,” said Taylor. 

When she does get a break from playing, Taylor enjoys training and spending time with her little sisters.