Playing all the fields

Q&a -- Taylor Moyer, Loch Raven Soccer

November 07, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN REPORTER

A center midfielder for the No. 14 Loch Raven girls soccer team, Taylor Moyer has spent four years on the varsity. She helped the Raiders to the state semifinals last season and into last week's Baltimore County championship game, where they fell to Eastern Tech, 3-1. She also plays lacrosse and basketball for the Raiders. A member of the National Honor Society and the math honor society, she has a 4.78 weighted grade point average. Considering a career in business, perhaps in fashion merchandising, she belongs to the Future Business Leaders of America. Moyer, 17, is also active in raising money for the Invisible Children Club, which supports the plight of children in Uganda who have been abducted by the rebel army to fight against the government.

How did you get started in soccer?

It was awhile ago. I think I was probably 5, and my brother played. He's older than me. I did dance before that, but then I signed up for soccer and I played rec until sixth grade. I played on a travel boys and girls team. Then, I joined a club team, Parkville Soccer Club, and I played with them five years. I was captain the last two, but I just changed teams.

Why did you change teams?

This new team [in the Arundel Soccer Association], the coach is really active in getting them involved with college coaches. A couple of her kids have already committed to good colleges. This fall, they got into some really good tournaments that a lot of coaches are going to be there. There's better opportunities for college coaches to see me, the practices are more intense and I like the players.

You play three sports, but which is your favorite?

Soccer. I guess it's the people I've been with. I got cut from a club lacrosse team, so I played club soccer and then, I guess, it just grew from there because that's the one I played the most and I made the most friends.

What do you like best about soccer?

Just the feeling when you score a goal or when you're with your team. We have so much of a bond. We're like a family. The other sports I have, they're not like that. I don't know why. I'm a captain this year, and we do team parties, we did a camp out, we tie-dyed shirts one time. We go out to eat all the time before games. Just knowing that we all work together so hard.

This season, your high school team was a little underestimated at the beginning of the season. Was that a good thing, to be a little under the radar at first?

Usually, we are under the radar. I don't know why because we've had a couple of state championship teams here, and we made it to the state semifinals last year. But I guess it was good because Catonsville, when we played them, they had beaten Eastern Tech and we had lost to Eastern, so that was a deciding game for getting into the county championship. That was a statement after we beat [previously unbeaten Catonsville] this year. I guess we proved ourselves worthy of recognition.

What's the biggest benefit of playing three sports?

You meet a lot of people that way, and it's different groups of people. Basketball is inside, so that's a whole different atmosphere with the crowd. You learn different ways to work on the field, especially with different people, and you get to experience different coaching, which is good. It keeps you well rounded.

How do you juggle it all?

I'm just used to it. That's how it's always been. When we have practice off or when lacrosse ends and we still have school for three weeks, I don't know what to do with myself. With my classes, you know when you have practice, so you know when you have to do your homework.

Why were you interested in the Invisible Children Club?

We had to do this speech for English, a persuasive speech, and one of my friends did Invisible Children, and no one had any idea what it was about. So she got people from that organization to come to our school. They had gone to Africa, and they had pictures of the kids, and they were talking about their families and their experiences there. That really touched a lot of people, so we wanted to help them, and she created a club to raise money for them. We joined Schools for Schools, and we donate money to a certain school in Uganda for teachers and water and that kind of stuff. Last year, we raised over $5,000.

What's the last book you read for fun?

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I've read 2 1/2 of the books, and I love the movie. I like the bond of the four girls, and it's different for each girl. I thought it was really interesting. I don't have a lot of time for outside reading, but my friends told me about that, and the movie came out. I really like it.

Is there a side to you that most people don't know about?

Most people see me as the athletic girl because that's all I do, pretty much. But besides that, every Wednesday, I'm sitting at 8 o'clock watching America's Next Top Model, and I've been to Nordstrom when they had this fashion runway thing. You wouldn't look at me and think, "Oh, fashion," but I think it's interesting. Not that I would like to go out and be with the models, but just like selling clothes.

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