Revere senior Brandon Taylor is undecided about his future in college.
He is clear about the present with the Minutemen boys soccer team.
“We want to win the Suburban League outright, which we should do if we finish with a couple of more wins,” Taylor said. “We just take it one game at a time, really. We want to win sectional, district, regional and get to the state championship and win.”
Revere has finished as the Division II state runner-up twice (2010, 2011) during Taylor’s career, and was a district finalist in 2012.
Taylor, in his fourth year as a starter at defender, is hoping this season will end with a state championship trophy. Revere is ranked No. 1 in the Division II state coaches poll and has a 13-0-1 overall record and a 6-0-0 Suburban League mark. The Minutemen have outscored opponents 73-4 and have allowed goals in only two matches this season.
Revere boys soccer coach Sandor Jakab says Taylor, 18, is a key component to the Minutemen’s attack as a tri-captain with senior goalkeeper Joel Gerberich and senior midfielder Chase Somple.
“Brandon is a stable influence to the team,” Jakab said. “He is a composed player who doesn’t get ruffled by situations. He is a player that obviously has the ability to do whatever you would like to be done with the ball. The fact that he has that composure and mental toughness allows him to play. Players often have the ability, but don’t have the mental strength to be able to play under the kind of pressure and adversity that it takes. Brandon is a unique player.”
Taylor’s skill set has caught the attention of colleges, and a scholarship could be in his future.
“I am mostly looking at West Virginia,” Taylor said. “I had a visit there [Sunday] and watched their game [against Akron]. They like me. They want to see me again, and if they like that then I think they will offer me something probably.”
Taylor, who is 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, has a 3.3 grade-point average and earned a 26 on the ACT. Ohio State, Bowling Green and others also have shown interest.
“Brandon is an excellent student academically,” Jakab said. “As far as personality, he is a low-key, quiet person. He does have a sense of humor. He takes a little while to open up, but with that said, he is a great person and well liked by everybody in the school.”
Taylor plans to major in business or accounting in college, but before that he and his teammates have some work to do at the high school level.
“The presence is the leadership,” Jakab said of Taylor. “When he is out there you know that you have a direction with the team and you know that he has the capability to lead a team and takes it where it needs to go. Players feed off of that positive that he brings to the table. The mental strength to deal with situations and the composure he brings forces others to really step up and not let up because you don’t want to let a player like that down. You want to make sure you support him and do everything you can.”
Revere has wins this season over Perrysburg (at Columbus Crew Stadium) and several area teams including rivals Copley and Green. Its draw came against Bay Village Bay.
Taylor said he likes to “keep the ball down, but if I see something open over the top I will go with it.” As a defender, his primary concern is not giving up possession.
Taylor, Gerberich and Somple are key seniors along with Andrew Robinson, Jordan Marich, Nolan Dyko, Blake Easterling and Brian Gillette for the Minutemen.
Junior Luke Kasson is an impact player along with sophomores John Sternasty, Mark Oleson, Daniel Branch and Simon Kirkendall.
“I think this is the strongest team we have had in my four years,” Taylor said.
Revere, which is 68-5-6 since 2010, concludes the regular season with matches at home against Canfield on Saturday and at Wadsworth on Tuesday before starting tournament play.
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