Behind the grass stains, bruises, and shin guards is Sonoma State’s men’s soccer player Taylor Varnadore. Varnadore enjoyed perhaps his most dominant weekend of collegiate soccer, scoring four goals and assisting on two others to lead the Sonoma State men’s soccer team to earn a pair of much needed victories to keep its playoff hopes alive.
All of his accomplishments couldn’t have been completed without all the support. “My biggest inspiration are my parents because of their support throughout my years of playing soccer,” said Varnadore.
Growing up nearby in Sebastapol, Varnadore started playing soccer when he was 4 years old. Even though he started playing soccer at a young age, he still grew up playing basketball and baseball. “When it came down to decisions in high school, I stuck with soccer for college,” said Varnadore.
Attending Analy High School his senior year he earned First Team All Empire selection in 2010. “When it came time to chose colleges it made making a decision easier knowing that Sonoma was close to home and the men’s soccer program was good with quality coaches,” said Varnadore.
There was a lot of potential for this young athlete he turned into a tremendous rookie his first season that saw him earn CCAA Freshman of the Year honors. It has been a successful college career for this athlete, who has accomplished many achievements. Currently he is the reigning CCAA Player of the Week after scoring all 10 points in the team’s games last week. Varnadore’s four-goal weekend moved him up to third on the program’s all-time list for most goals scored in a career.
“He’s a huge problem for any opponent to deal with because his of physical stature. He’s my roommate and one of my best friends so it’s fun to watch him succeed and want him to continue to do so at the next level once he’s done at SSU,” said teammate Kelly Davilia.
Not only was Varnadore successful on the field, but he was thriving in the classroom as well; he received All-Academic honors by their respective conferences for the 2012-13 school year.
“Varnadore has been incredible, what a streak he is on,” said head coach Marcus Zeimer.
This is Varnadore’s last season playing for Sonoma and he is making a huge impression by scoring 11 of Sonoma State’s 21 goals this fall.
Even though this is his last season playing for Sonoma it will be interesting to see what he will accomplish in the future.
“As of now I will either try to keep playing or go to graduate school but I will never stop playing soccer,” said Varnadore.
Being a part of the team has been a very important part of Varnadore’s life.
“These guys have been family to me and I’ll remember everything we’ve done together the rest of my life,” said Varnadore.
Varnadore is the definition of what it means to be a student athlete being successful on the field and in the classroom.