Pepperdine opened the 2013 season with a 1-1 draw vs. No. 18 Cal (8/26/13).
NATIONAL TEAM: Represented Mexico on the U-17 National Team in the 2012 World Cup Qualifiers in Guatemala under the guidance of head coach Leonardo Cuellar ... Advanced to the U-17 World Cup and played for Mexico in Azerbaijan.
CLUB: Spent three seasons with the Eagles Soccer Club under the direction of head coaches Lalo Alvarado and Michael Alexander ... Eagles reached the finals of the 2013 National Cup.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Santa Paula High School in 2013 after a prolific four-year varsity career under the direction of head coach Jesus Cordova ... Recorded a remarkable 151 goals and 31 assists, including a career-high 44 scoring strikes as a senior - both marks stand as school records ... Inducted into the Ventura County Hall of Fame ... Captured first-team All-CIF, all-league and all-county accolades after every prep season for the Cardinals ... Helped SPHS to two runner-up league showings in both the Tri-Valley League (2011-12) and the Frontier League (2009-10) ... One prep teammate plays Division I soccer.
PERSONAL: Given name is Taylor Danielle Alvarado ... Born in Ventura, Calif. ... Undeclared major ... Daughter of Kristine and Lalo Alvarado ... Father, Lalo played college soccer at Cal State Los Angeles and spent three seasons in the professional ranks ... Chose Pepperdine for its strong academic program, the faith-based institutional values, the quality of the soccer program and the beauty of campus.
FAVORITES: Lionel Messi (favorite professional athlete); Manchester United (favorite pro team); The Hunger Games (book); Pitch Perfect (movie); Revenge (TV show); Philip Phillips (musical artist); Mexican (food); track (sport other than soccer) ... Enjoys spending time with friends and family and bike riding in free time ... Favorite part of playing soccer is learning how to work well with others and making friendships through competition ... Names her father, Lalo, as her biggest sports hero ... Considers most thrilling moment was playing first match in the 2012 U-17 World Cup against New Zealand.