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Madison's Taylor Huff dribbles past a Granville defender during the Division II state championship match at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.

MADISON TOWNSHIP — Taylor Huff’s storybook high school career ended the only way it could — with a state championship and Ohio’s highest individual honor.

The four-time Richland Source Girls Soccer Player of the Year led Madison to the Division II state championship with a 2-1 win over Granville. A week later, Huff was selected as Ohio’s Ms. Soccer by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.

In between, she found time to sign a letter of intent to continue her career at the University of Tennessee.

“It’s been a crazy week, but definitely exciting,” Huff said after the Ms. Soccer announcement late last week. “Just to get it is such an honor.”

With 34 goals and 27 assists this fall, Huff cemented her place as one of the greatest players in state history. She will graduate with an Ohio record 93 assists to go along with 133 career goals, which ranks 11th on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s career goals list.

But the number that best sums up Huff’s career is the one in the loss column.

“She lost six games in four years. That’s what I’m most impressed with,” said Zac Huff, Madison’s coach and Taylor’s father. “She was 76-6-10 in four years.”

In addition to be selected Ms. Soccer, Huff was selected the Division II Player of the Year for a second straight year. She will almost certainly earn her fourth All-America citation when the team is released later this year.

“I’m so proud of what we were able to accomplish as a team,” Huff said after winning the state title. “We worked so hard to get here.”

Huff is the crown jewel of an All-Richland Source team that includes seven All-Ohioans:

McKinley Mendenhall, Ashland: A prolific senior forward, Mendenhall scored a team-high 24 goals and added a team-best nine assists as the Arrows reached the district championship match. Mendenhall was an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio first team pick in Division I and was the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year in Division I. She will play collegiately at Ashland University.

Carlie Stutzman, Ashland: A senior defender, Stutzman was an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio second team selection in Division I after helping the Arrows to a 13-5-1 record. She shared the Ohio Cardinal Conference Defensive Player of the Year award with Lexington’s Emma Sturts and was a North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team pick in Division I.

Kyla Spencer, Ontario: Just a sophomore, Spencer scored 23 goals and added 13 assists despite missing time because of coronavirus contact tracing protocols. Spencer was an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio first team pick in Division I, helping the Warriors reach the district championship game.

Trinity Tucker, Madison: A senior defender, Tucker was the anchor of the Division II state-champion Madison defense. Tucker scored six goals and added five assists as the Rams completed an undefeated with a 2-1 win over Granville in the state championship game. She was a North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team pick in Division II, an Ohio Cardinal Conference first team selection and an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio second-teamer.

Avery Wend, Clear Fork: A senior defender, Wend was an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association second team pick in Division II. She anchored a young Clear Fork defense as the Colts went 10-7-1 and reached the district semifinals.

Mary Leeper, Crestview: A junior midfielder, Leeper scored 13 goals and added five assists as the Cougars (13-4-1) won a sectional championship. Leeper was an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio second team pick in Division III and was runner-up in Player of the Year balloting on the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division III team.

Sydney Polen, Loudonville: A sophomore midfielder, Polen scored an area-high 43 goals and added six assists for the Redbirds (10-6-2). Polen was an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-Ohio second team selection in Division III and was a North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team pick.

Emma Sturts, Lexington: A senior, Sturts shared the Ohio Cardinal Conference Defensive Player of the Year award with Ashland’s Carlie Stutzman. Sturts had a goal and three assists on the season and was selected to the North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team in Division II.

Nevaeh Lewis, Madison: Just a freshman, Lewis scored 19 goals despite missing time with an ankle injury. She scored both goals in Madison’s 2-1 win over Granville in the Division II state championship game. Lewis was a North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team pick in Division II and an Ohio Cardinal Conference first-teamer.

Paige Eldridge, Madison: The senior made 34 saves, none bigger than the deflection of a penalty kick in the state final against Granville. Eldridge was an Ohio Cardinal Conference first team pick and a North Central Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association second team selection in Division II.

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I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@scncctwl.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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