Taylor Timko looked like a sure thing when she stepped on the pitch during her freshman season with the Wolverines in 2014. The Rochester Hills native and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep two-time high school All-American started all 20 games during her rookie year in Ann Arbor and made the Big Ten All-Freshman Team with four goals and two assists for 10 points.
She continued her road to stardom as a sophomore, starting in 18 games and finishing the season tied for first on the team with 17 points on seven goals and three assists.
But her road took a turn – a painful turn – before her junior season even began and while the finish line was still the same, she needed a new way to get there.
The player with the big left leg tore ligaments in her right knee during the 2016 Spring season and was redshirted for her junior year.
“Until soccer was taken away I didn’t really know who I was,” she says in a terrific video feature produced by the Michigan media dept.
“I just stepped weird,” she says of the injury. “Routine play and I went to trap the ball and my knee just gave. I knew right away. I heard the pop. It was that soccer player’s worst nightmare. Everything just kind of flashes … you think you are prepared for an injury, but until it’s taken away you don’t really realize what you have until it’s gone.”
The two-time prep Miss Soccer runner-up who played club soccer for Vardar (2008-14) scored 124 goals in high school and also scored points on the football team where she was the placekicker for two seasons.
She has worked hard to get back on that road to stardom. The forward, a three-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement winner, has started all seven games this season for the Wolverines and has three goals and two assists for a team-best eight points.
“If you want to do something and have a dream and a passion you want to purse, it’s possible,” she says.
Timko is proof of that.
Check out the video feature on Timko at http://www.mgoblue.com/index.aspx?path=wsoc and click on videos.
Photos courtesy of UM Athletics.