At one point, Canyon graduate Kamrin Taylor thought her collegiate search might lead her all the way to Providence, Rhode Island.
Taylor, who held dreams of playing soccer at the next level since she was young, got a chance to attend Brown University and continue her career there, but all it took was a trip to Georgetown to help her realize that she wanted to stay in the Lone Star State.
“I’ve wanted to play collegiate soccer since I was a little girl,” Taylor said. “I’ve always strove for a top academic school. I even had an opportunity to play at Brown University and I turned it down after going to Southwestern. This was after a couple ID camps there and just seeing what it was like, and I fell in love with the coach at Southwestern.”
Taylor said the fit with the NCAA Division III’s Pirates just felt right, and she had an immediate connection with head coach Linda Hamilton, who won a gold medal with the United States National Team in 1991.
“She is extremely talented and she’s really good,” Taylor said. “She’s a fantastic coach for the group that she has and she pushes everybody really hard. It was a no-brainer.”
Hamilton just finished her fourth season with Southwestern and helped her squad go 11-6 overall and 8-3 in conference play this past year while competing in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). The Pirates fell 1-0 to Trinity in the SCAC tournament championship match.
In addition to Southwestern’s growing tradition on the playing field, Taylor said the atmosphere in Georgetown was exactly was she was looking for in a potential college.
“Academic-wise, I feel like I didn’t really settle,” she said. “It’s a really good academic school and it will help me in my career path. I really wanted to go to a small school after I went up to look at other campuses and saw how big they were. I decided it was too much of a hassle and I wanted to go to a small school where I can walk across campus and make it to all of my classes on time.”
Taylor excelled on the pitch and in the classroom at Canyon, where she helped the Cougarettes claim a district championship in 2018 and finish as the 26-6A runners-up this season after rattling off an 11-match win streak to overcome a tough 0-3 start in league play.
Canyon’s turnaround featured a 2-0 win over rival New Braunfels on Feb. 22 and later led to a playoff victory against Austin High at Burger Stadium on March 29.
“We had a little bit of a habit of losing in the first round and we wanted to get past that this year,” Taylor said.
Taylor, a forward, was an all-district second team selection as a junior after providing 16 goals and six assists for head coach Dustin Gold’s squad. During her senior year, Taylor notched four goals and four assists.
Taylor is set to join former Canyon teammates Rhoda Hijazi and Samantha Davis once enrolled at Southwestern. The duo just wrapped up their freshman seasons with the Pirates.