The past 10 months have been busy for Taylor Bucklin. Last fall the goalkeeper set a Greenwich High School girls soccer record by allowing just nine goals all season, and posted a shutout over Westhill in the FCIAC championship game.
Then Bucklin, nominated as a finalist for the U.S. Youth Soccer Top 10 Saves contest, won the award for a stop she made playing for the CFC United U16 team.
Bucklin then decided to transfer to Trinity Catholic. And last week the junior gave a verbal commitment to play at the University of Michigan.
“I loved Michigan,” said Bucklin, who added she was also courted by Clemson, Miami, Boston University, Villanova, George Washington and Dayton. “I love the coach, Greg Ryan, who used to coach the U.S. Women’s National team. He knows what he’s talking about. I love the team, I love the atmosphere there and there is so much school spirit.”
Bucklin said she hoped to make a college decision this fall and was glad to have her future secured.
Now, Bucklin will turn her focus to playing for the Crusaders. Because she transferred, she must sit out the first half of the season. She will miss eight games.
“I liked Trinity because it is a smaller school and has smaller classes,” Bucklin said. “It is going to be hard those first eight games, but I’ll support the team however I can.”
Bucklin said she will hone her skills by working out at BlueStreak Sports Training in Stamford and with a private goalkeeping coach.
“I like all the girls on the Trinity team so much,” Bucklin said. “I’m happy to be a member of the team.”