By Chris Boulay
He’s only 18, but at 6’5 and 180 pounds, freshman striker Taylor Morgan might be exactly what the CCSU men’s soccer team needs.
He has only played a few games, but has already made an impact. He has proven he can score, he is a daunting presence in the attacking third, and the only way from here is up.
It didn’t take long for Morgan to put his first goal in the books, as he scored against Holy Cross late in the first half.
“It was a relief to score the first goal,” Morgan said. “That’s the hardest one, really. After that, it gets a bit easier, but I was really glad to score.”
In a soccer player comparison, he looks like a Peter Crouch (currently of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.) type player, only if Crouchie could actually run. Morgan is a lanky, deadly threat inside the box.
Teams are also realizing that he’s no pushover. Every match he’s played, he has had more and more pressure on him. There is a target on his back the size of the British Isles.
“I think that’s good because that’s a challenge,” he said. “I just have to keep working on my game to make it better.”
There is definitely some reason for this too, beyond his intimidating size and skill.
Let’s rewind a bit and check his resumé. Morgan played youth football for Southampton F.C. in his hometown of Southampton, England as well as Queens Park Rangers F.C. in London. He also was a member of the English Schoolboy National Team, where he scored a goal in a 2-0 win against Scotland at Wembley Stadium, one of soccer’s most storied and glorified stadiums.
Now he starts for the Blue Devils up front, and is hoping for big things from a team that is only two years removed from their best finish ever, a trip to the NCAA Soccer Tournament’s Sweet 16.
“[The main goal] is to win as many games as we can; to win the conference,” Morgan said. “I have four years to do it, but I want [CCSU] to get as far in the NEC as we can.”
Being a new college student, in a new country also adds pressure to a kid who is expected to be a part of an annually successful soccer program, but Taylor stated that his teammates, many who are from England, have helped him adjust.
“It helps a lot. They know where I am from, and they know what I am going through,” he said. “They have helped me settle in.”
Morgan has a long way to go to be considered one of CCSU’s greats, but he has started off well, and certainly has the potential.
His legacy will be one of great importance for the Blue Devils’ NEC hopes, not only this season, but for the next four years.