Name: Taran McMillan
Claim to fame/honors: Team captain was leading scorer and offensive player of the year for Elks as a senior; earned first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference as a senior and second team as a junior; as three-year varsity player, helped Centerville win two district titles and one runner-up finish; also plays select soccer for Warren County Soccer Academy; committed to play soccer at University of Evansville
Bet you didn’t know: I cracked my chin open when I was 4
Words you live by: I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
Toughest opponent: Loveland
Biggest influence: My parents
Match-day rituals: I have to put my uniform on in the same order every game and I have to follow the same warm-up routine.
What’s on your bedroom walls? Soccer posters
When I’m bored I like to: Play soccer
Favorite movie: Mean Girls
Person who would play you in a movie: Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Favorite musical artist: Selena Gomez
I can’t live without: A soccer ball
I can live without: Candy
Event you’d like to attend: Olympic opening ceremony
Favorite book: “When Nobody Is Watching” by Carli Lloyd
Favorite home-cooked meal: Quesadillas
Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden
Favorite smell: Home-baked cookies
Favorite cereal: Cap’n Crunch
Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Nike
Vegetable you won’t eat: Asparagus
I’d love to trade places for a day with: Alex Morgan
Whose mind would you like to read? Albert Einstein
Place where you’d love to travel? Turks and Caicos Islands
Talent you’d like to have? Singing
Favorite school subject: Math and anatomy
Favorite athlete: Lionel Messi
Favorite team: FC Barcelona
Favorite Olympic sport: Soccer
Something in the world I’d like to change: Cancer
Favorite sports moment: I had the winning penalty kick my sophomore year against Ursuline Academy to win district finals.
Favorite junk food: Ice cream
Best thing about soccer: It pushes me to be my best on and off the field
In 10 yearsI hope to be … a physician assistant in an emergency department and a professional soccer player
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