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Munford defensive specialist Moyer signs with Rochester College

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Troy Moyer signing Troy Moyer Rochester graphic

Some members of the 2014 Munford Cougar Soccer team clearly standout.
Spectator can’t help but notice University of Memphis signee Erik Furseth in his trademark green uniform. Leading scorer Tyler Futrell goes to his patent dance after a goal.
Cedrick Williams has a golden mohawk and the dreadlock Jaylen Hill is buzzing around the midfield.
With many of Head Coach Kyle Selby’s players earning academic awards like Robby Roach as valedictorian, one of the players that might be overlooked is Troy Moyer.
But on May 8 the tall guy, with the youthful face who plays the uncelebrated position got his moment in the spotlight. In the Munford High School Library joined by his parents Lisa and Troy Sr., inked his national letter of intent to play soccer at Rochester College in Michigan.
“Center back is one of those positions nobody sees,” Selby noted. “A lot of the time you’re going to see Erik your goalie making the saves. Everybody is going to see Tyler Futrell making 17 or 18 goals already on this season. The center back sits back there and is your unsung hero.
“There was a situation, Brighton had the potential for a breakaway right there in the box with the keeper,” he continued.  He was able to get back there and clear it out to where Erik didn’t have to make the save.”
The solid defensive play and leadership of Moyer helped the Cougars enjoy their best season going 15-2-2. Munford won the District 13-3A regular-season and tournament titles.
“We know he’s back there and we feel pretty comfortable,” Selby said. “For a soccer team to play 18 games and given up 5 goals, and only two of them be traditional goals, that speaks very highly of your defense and your keeper. But that defense is back there too. He’s very sound.
“We would have given up more than five goals without him,” he added. “You’re not going to win what we’ve won without Troy.”
Moyer grew up in Michigan playing the game at the age of 5. With his laid back personality, Moyer gravitated to the position of center back.
“It kind of fits him,” Lisa said. “He doesn’t like to be the center of attention. He’s good with being in the background doing his part.”
Troy Sr., said his son’s mentality made him the perfect fit for the position and the Cougars.
“He’s an outstanding young man,” he said. “He’s humble. This team, (they are) his brothers. This has become his second family.”
The humble approach of Troy Jr., allowed him to be a defensive stopper and the protection for Furseth. Lisa said she is glad to see her son’s style be reward.
“It’s watching his dream come true, anything soccer,” she said. “He always wanted to play college soccer.”
Moyer said he can’t wait to take the college stage but he’ll miss his Cougar teammates.
“It’s great to be able to play for a college and have my teammates here today to support me,” he said. “It’s great because I don’t feel like I do much. So it’s great to be recognized as a player. My mindset is to help my defense out and if they make a mistake, I’ll be there for them to lift them up.”
The newest member of the Warriors said his days as a Cougar will have an impact on him for the rest of his life.
“We’ve come together as a team,” Moyer said. “Most of us have played for years together. We have the talent and we’ve proven we can play.
“It means a lot,” he concluded. “I’ve played four years here. The players and coaches made me who I am today. I’m definitely going to miss them.”

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