Terrell scores seven Monday to reach 200 career goalsBy CAMAL PETRO,
HATTIESBURG – It’s nearly impossible for a soccer player to score seven goals in one game. If your name is Taytum Terrell, however, it is not out of the realm of possibility.
The Hattiesburg junior has accomplished that feat once this year, and she needed to do it Monday night if she wanted to reach 200 career goals. After all, it’s something that’s been on her mind for a while now and she wanted to get past it and focus on her team’s playoff run.
“There were some games where I was discouraged because I couldn’t score,” she said still soaking wet from her ice bath she received in celebration of her achievement.
By her standards, Terrell didn’t light up the scoreboard in the first half. She had two goals but missed a couple shots off the posts. After three early tries, Terrell finally found the back of the net in the 17th minute with her team already leading 2-0. She juked a few Lady Patriot defenders before finishing with her left foot for the score.
Just six minutes later, she added her second goal of the night, this time from a long-range shot near the left corner. That made it a 4-0 Hattiesburg lead.
“I saw an opening and I just shot it, and it was in there,” Terrell said. “I was surprised myself.”
With just two goals at halftime, Terrell admitted after the game she didn’t think it was possible to score five more goals. Hattiesburg was leading 5-0 and was in complete control of the first-round matchup with Forest Hill. Make no mistake, though, she wasn’t going to quit trying to score.
“I was just trying to get all seven of them. Get as many as I can,” she said.
Once the second half started, Terrell went on a tear. She scored three goals in the first 12 minutes, setting up the historic night. Her sister, Kendyl Terrell, assisted all three of those goals too.
“I was so happy because most of the goals that I’ve gotten have come from her assists, especially tonight. It means a lot,” Taytum said. “She was making sure that I got the ball.”
She added her sixth score in the 68th minute, then took the ball coast to coast nine minutes later in an attempt to get to 200. Terrell was fouled inside the box, giving the Lady Tigers a penalty kick, which are usually Kendyl’s duties. She was happy to let her sister take this one, though.
Taytum said she was nervous when she stepped to the ball for the penalty kick, and when she saw the ball go through, she immediately ran to her sister to celebrate.
“I was like, ‘This could get me to 200 or I’ll stay at 199,’” Taytum said as she recalled her thoughts prior to the PK.
So, with another full season next year and what’s left of this postseason, what’s Terrell’s next benchmark after scoring 200 career goals? Simple.
“250. That’s my goal,” she said quickly.
The regular season success, and even a region title, is nothing new for the Hattiesburg Lady Tigers. In the last three seasons, they’re a combined 35-9-5 with two region titles, but something has been missing – a playoff win.
That was until Monday night when the Lady Tigers thrashed the Forest Hill Lady Patriots 13-0. Terrell believes this Lady Tigers’ team is ready for a playoff, unlike the past couple of seasons.
“This team, we’re younger, so everybody listens,” she said. “We had two seniors but one got hurt so we only have one senior. Everybody is either a junior or below, so everybody listens more instead of taking authority.”