After multiple knee injuries, Taylor Otto is ready to lead UNC women’s soccer

Editor’s note: The following is a profile of a UNC women’s soccer player, Taylor Otto, written by one of her teammates, first-year goalkeeper Marz Josephson, for a creative sportswriting class.

When you walk in, the smell of Lysol pierces your nostrils instantly. It takes a few minutes for your body to adjust and get used to the smell. It is hard for your eyes to gaze anywhere without seeing posters of the inner workings of the knee – a reminder of the harsh reality of the current situation. Aside from the sanitary paper rustling with each movement, the room was silent.

Unlike most people, this experience didn’t faze Taylor Otto, a redshirt junior midfielder for the North Carolina women’s soccer team – she had torn her ACL twice before. However, there was more at stake this time. Her worst fears were confirmed: she had suffered a torn meniscus – an injury that typically takes four months to recover from – just six weeks before the US National Team sent off for the U20 World Cup.

Finally, Otto broke the silence.

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