Dec. 5, 2000
%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-Erin Taylor, Ohio State women's soccer assistant coach, has been invited by the Women's United Soccer Association to participate in the league's first combine and draft, held Dec. 5-11 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. Taylor joins over 170 players from across the United States in five days of competition and evaluation by league personnel, managers and coaches. The combine will culminate with the first WUSA Combine Draft, Dec. 10-11.%^$
%^$"The WUSA is a dream come true for many generations of women's soccer players," Lori Walker, OSU head coach said. "The player pool is extensive and will generate an exciting, highly-competitive level of play. Erin is a tremendous defensive organizer. Spending the last four years coaching and studying the game gives her an advantage over younger players. She is a seasoned competitor."%^$
%^$A four-year member of the OSU women's soccer coaching staff, Taylor assists Walker in training and conditioning and coordinating the defense. She also assists in recruiting. A 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland where she was a first team All-American and ACC Player of the Year in 1996, Taylor has played for three separate "W" League teams since 1996: the Maryland Pride, the Cincinnati Ladyhawks and the Columbus Ziggz. She helped lead the Pride to a league championship during the summer of 1996. Taylor also is a staff assistant coach with the Ohio South Olympic Development program and holds an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA. A native of Jupiter, Fla., Taylor currently resides in Columbus.%^$
%^$At the combine, Taylor will join former Buckeye Jodie Stranges. Stranges, a standout midfielder at OSU from 1994-97, was named second team All-American and first team Great Lakes Region in 1996-the only Buckeye ever to win those awards. The Westerville, Ohio native is third among all Buckeye scorers with 24 career goals, fourth in career assists with 10 and third in career points with 58. Stranges currently is the head women's soccer coach at Capital University where she also is completing her final year of law school. She is a club soccer coach with the Ambassador Soccer Club of Westerville.%^$
%^$"Jodie is the type of player whose competitive drive and determination will see her through a grueling tryout process," Walker said. "It is an honor and an accomplishment for her to be included in the initial combine."%^$
%^$The WUSA's first season is set to get underway in April, 2001 in eight U.S. cities. The inaugural teams include the Atlanta Beat, the Boston Breakers, the Bay Area CyberRays, the New York Power, the Carolina Tempest, the Philadelphia Charge, the San Diego Spirit and the Washington Freedom.%^$
%^$Draft results will be available at wusaleague.com shortly after they are announced.