Q&A With Former Red Raider Taylor Lytle

TexasTech.com caught up with former Red Raider Taylor Lytle of Sky Blue FC.

April 17, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech great Taylor Lytle officially agreed to terms with Sky Blue FC of the Women's Professional League in March and this week TexasTech.com had the opportunity to catch up with the former Red Raider midfielder.

Lytle, the all-time assists leader at Texas Tech, officially joined Sky Blue FC on March 11 as a discovery player. The team captured the inaugural Women's Professional League Championship in 2009 and is led by head coach Jim Gabarra.

TexasTech.com: How excited are you for this next step, and how did the agreement with Sky Blue FC unfold?

Taylor LytleI'm very excited. I'm just thankful that the league came back because it just let me play soccer longer, and I love playing soccer. I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. It was a pretty easy process overall. It is a little different than other sports and I had to put myself out there and contact coaches, but Tom [Stone] helped me out as well and spoke to the Sky Blue FC coach and he wanted to sign me as a discovery player, which is awesome. That brought me into the preseason camp and from there it was all up to me if I stayed with the team or didn't.  It was a good preseason and I was excited to start playing again. We just had our first game [April 14] so it is exciting.

TexasTech.com: Talk a little about that first game and what you noticed from the experience and level of play in the Women's Professional League.

 Taylor Lytle: It was a good first game. Everything was a step up from college play. The girls were quicker and stronger and the speed of play was quicker. I think that just shows you that as you get older and every time you move up a level, everything gets quicker and everyone is just as good - so you have to make sure you are growing with the game as you move forward."

TexasTech.com: You have been with this team for a little while now, how do you feel you fit in with the talent there?

Taylor Lytle: Good. I fit in very well with the team here. The coach [Jim Gabarra] is very technical, he wants the team to be very technical and he loves a fast speed of play along with passing and give-and-go's. That is what I like to do so I think I fit in pretty well. 

Talk about your experience with the Pali Blues in California last year from May throughAugust and what you gained from that experience.

Taylor Lytle: It gave me a great insight of what to expect if the professional league did come back, because at that point in time we didn't know for sure.  Many of the players that did play professionally played in the W-League. It just showed me what to expect. The speed of play was quicker, girls were stronger and everyone was at your level. I had to get better, and it pushed me out of my comfort zone which was good."

TexasTech.com: You were one of the best players to ever come through Texas Tech, what were your thoughts on the 2012 season and Texas Tech's push into the NCAA Tournament?

Taylor Lytle: I definitely followed the team last season and actually went out to the games when they played in California against Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State. It was just awesome to see how the program has changed and grown over the years and I was so excited that they made the NCAA Tournament .  I definitely felt like it was bound to come, and obviously I wish we would have done it while I was there, but I was happy for them. I was very excited and I'm definitely looking forward to this season."




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