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Sycamore girls soccer gets boost with Moulton back in goal

Junior, Western Illinois-bound goalkeeper commands backline

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:15 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:01 a.m. CDT
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(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Sycamore goalkeeper Drew Moulton catches the ball during a drill at practice Friday after school. Moulton, a junior, has already decided to play soccer at Western Illinois University. Moulton, who focused on club soccer in 2013, is back for the Spartans this season.

Sycamore junior Drew Moulton played club soccer for Eclipse last year and participated in the Olympic Development Program in hopes of playing college soccer after she graduated from Sycamore High School.

Moulton committed to Western Illinois University in October and her future was set. After the decision was made, the junior goalkeeper decided to come back to the Spartans this season to anchor the Sycamore backline. She played for Sycamore her freshman year but decided to focus on club in 2013.

“I thought that it was really important for me to play in college in the future, and I thought that I would get more opportunities with finding a college to go to through playing club and going to more showcases,” Moulton said.

“And, I decided that when I committed, I would come back to high school,” she added. “That is what led to me to play high school this year.”

Moulton met with WIU at the EXACT Soccer Elite Prospect Camp at Benedictine University in July and said that it was just the right fit for her. Also, the junior said that there was no real advantage in terms of playing club after the commitment.

“Since it’s my junior year, I didn’t want to be super stressed out going into my [senior] year,” Moulton said. “I just didn’t see any real benefit from playing club when I already have everything figured out for the future.”

Sycamore has prospered with Moulton between the posts, as the Spartans own a 6-2-1 record and a 2-1-1 record in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East. 

“This year, we are just playing really well as a team and we are communicating, adapting and going as a team,” Moulton said. “I am really excited to see how far we go in postseason and as we finish the season.”

Moulton said that the main thing that she brings to the Sycamore backline isn’t her ability, but command of the defense.

“I think that what I bring is a strong voice in the back,” Moulton said. “And, what I have seen from this defense shift this year that me talking in the back and guiding them has helped a lot. And, as a whole, I think our defense meshes well together.”

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