Women's Soccer Adds a Pair of Transfers
Southern California natives Morgan Hilby and Callie Taylor, who spent their first two collegiate seasons at Northeastern and Cincinnati, respectively, return to their roots this fall.
June 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Southern California natives Morgan Hilby and Callie Taylor, who spent their first two collegiate seasons at Northeastern and Cincinnati, respectively, return to their roots this fall as the duo will join the LMU women's soccer program, Head Coach Michelle Myers announced Friday. The duo join 12 incoming freshmen, bolstering Myers' recruiting class to 14 for the 2014 season.
"We are excited to welcome Callie and Morgan to our LMU soccer program," said Myers. "We are fortunate to be able to add two players with college playing experience already under their belts. Both Callie and Morgan come to LMU having contributed to their prior programs and will add needed experience to our upperclassmen. Both players are originally from Southern California so returning home was definitely a factor in their decision."
Hilby spent the last two seasons as a midfielder/forward on the Northeastern Huskies side. After making three starts and appearing in 18 total games as a rookie in 2012, Hilby started 19 of 20 games in 2013, totaling three goals and six assists. She helped the Huskies to the Colonial Athletic Association title and an NCAA Tournament berth by assisted the game-winner in a 3-1 win over James Madison.
"Morgan is a target forward who has a nose for the goal," Myers said. "She is comfortable holding the ball with her back to goal or getting on the end of crosses. We are looking for her to contribute offensively by finding the back of the net herself or setting up teammates to do the same."
Hilby played three years of varsity soccer at Mira Costa and Vistamar High Schools, captaining Vistamar her senior year. She earned first team All-Coastal League honors and league MVP as a senior after setting Vistamar's school record with 34 goals and 13 assists. She also lead the squad to the CIF quarterfinals, the farthest the school has ever gone.
As a forward for the Bearcats, Taylor scored a pair of goals and added three assists in two seasons at Cincinnati. She made 17 starts and appeared in 18 total matches as a rookie in 2012 before appearing in 19 of 20 total games last fall.
"Callie is a winger who has the ability to beat defenders off the dribble, get in behind defenses and is very good in the air," said Myers. "With her height and mentality to win balls in the air we are looking for Callie to be a threat on balls into the box."
Taylor was a multi-sport prep athlete at Los Alamitos High School, lettering in soccer and volleyball. She was a two-time second team All-Sunset League selection, two-time team captain and a second team All-CIF selection (2011) for the Griffins' soccer squad. In volleyball, Taylor was a two-time team captain while once earning the team's MVP honor and once the defensive MVP honor. During her sophomore season, she guided squad to the Sunset League championship and was named a second-team all-league performer as a junior.
"With the addition of Callie and Morgan we have a very large incoming class which we are excited to integrate with our returners this August," Myers concluded.
LMU kicks off the 2014 season with an exhibition match against Grand Canyon at Sullivan Field on August 15 at 7 p.m.
Season tickets for the Lions' 2014 slate are now on sale by visiting lmulions.com/tickets.