Girls Soccer: Carly Taphorn follows brother’s footsteps by committing to Central Arkansas

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Rangeview's Carly Taphorn
Rangeview senior-to-be Carly Taphorn (18) has verbally committed to Central Arkansas University. The standout defender, a two-time All-EMAC first team selection, is headed to the same Division I school where her brother, Matt, is about to begin his senior season on the men’s team. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Carly Taphorn is keeping up the family soccer tradition started by her brother at Rangeview High School and she aims to do it again at the same college.

Taphorn, a senior-to-be defender for the Raiders, announced her verbal commitment to Central Arkansas University, a Division I program where her older brother Matt — another former Rangeview standout — is set to begin his senior season in 2014-15.

Carly Taphorn made the All-East Metro Athletic Conference first team as a junior and sophomore and earned her way onto the Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Soccer second team in 2014. She was a steady presence on the back line for coach Vic Strouse’s team, which won its fourth consecutive EMAC championship and finished the season 11-5 with a loss in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Taphorn played in all 16 games for Rangeview and contributed one of the high-scoring Raiders’ 83 goals.

“Gonna be a Bear,” she sent out via Twitter along with a picture of herself wearing a UCA t-shirt.

Meanwhile, Matt Taphorn received All-Missouri Valley Conference second team honors for his junior season a defender, earning high praise from Central Arkansas coach Ross Duncan. Taphorn led logged 1,383 minutes played, second most on a team that allowed just 13.7 shots per game.

“Tap is a big presence in the Valley now,” Duncan said. “Teams know about him and have to adjust around him…He plays with his heart and soul and bleeds for the program. We’re lucky to have one more year with him in the back. He’s going to have to work extremely hard in the offseason to be first team next year, but we know that he can do it.”

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel