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June 5, 2013

Hazel Park soccer player takes unusual path to college sports

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Hazel Park soccer player takes unusual path to college sports
Hazel Park’s Taryn Goslow has received a college scholarship to continue her soccer career at Marygrove College. Pictured is Gaslow, Marygrove assistant coach Ragen Coyne, sitting, and Goslow’s mother, Danielle Martin.

For the first two years of high school, Taryn Goslow was not a part of Hazel Park High’s soccer program.

Next year, she’ll join her teammates at Marygrove College and be part of a collegiate program. She officially signed on the dotted line to join the squad earlier this month.

“I can’t wait,” she said. “I’m so excited for college. I’m (going to) learn a whole bunch, and it’s going to be a good experience, I think.”

“They’re getting a gem in the rough,” said Hazel Park soccer coach Denis Dixon of his goalkeeper. “They’re (getting) a girl with a ton of potential — and she’s good. The potential there for what she can be, how great she can be, it’s all up to her, how hard she wants to work. She has all the physical attributes to be a great college keeper at Marygrove.”

Dixon first spotted Goslow while she playing another sport; she was the lone female on the Vikings’ wrestling squad. She had been wrestling since the fifth grade and was comfortable with her sport of choice. She also loved to play softball, which is also a spring sport, like soccer.

Although it took some persistence — according to Goslow, it was “months” before she agreed to join the soccer team — Dixon eventually convinced her to give soccer a shot and got a goalie he thinks may be one of the best in Oakland County.

“She really bloomed this year,” Dixon said. “She became a college-caliber keeper. When she gets with a goalie trainer on a daily basis, that girl is (going to) be a phenomenal goalie. She’s already a very good goalie. Her leadership qualities are irreplaceable.”

In her first year in the net for the Vikings, Goslow — whose only real experience with soccer came via playing soccer at the Hazel Park Recreation Center as a child — was selected to the All-Conference in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division and was selected for the All-District team. This season’s postseason awards were not handed out at press time.

She credits the support she received from her mother, Danielle Martin, as well as Dixon and boys soccer coach Tim Travis, for much of her success, and said she has also given some thought as to other reasons for the chance she has been given to play at the collegiate level.

“You’ve got to work really, really hard,” she said. “If someone gives constructive criticism, you don’t sit there and argue with them or tell them they’re wrong. Ninety-nine percent of the time, they’re right. You just have to take it in stride and use it toward your goal and to better yourself.”

Goslow, who said she carries an overall grade point average of 3.87, plans to major in nursing. And while she did express optimism about what the future may hold, she said she’ll miss her time at Hazel Park.

“I’m going to be so sad,” she said. “It’s going to be weird to put on a new uniform in the fall.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.