Moore powers Houston County soccer to state’s top tier

sports@macon.comJune 7, 2014 

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Houston County’s Steven Moore, who led the Bears to their second straight GHSA Class AAAAA title game appearance, is The Telegraph All-Midle Georgia Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

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Prolific scorer leads Bears to back-to-back championship game appearances

For such a prolific goal scorer, Houston County’s Steven Moore prefers to shy away from attention.

“He is very humble, and he hates the spotlight to be honest,” Houston County head coach Jason Kirk said. “He’s broken every record there is, and he honestly couldn’t care less. He wants to win for his teammates.”

Exact statistics weren’t available, but Kirk said Moore, a junior, set single-season school records for goals and assists. Moore is also the program leader in all-time goals and assists.

Still, Moore won’t say much.

“I’m the quiet one,” Moore said. “I just do my job. We have great leaders on our team.”

Moore, who led Houston County to its second straight GHSA Class AAAAA title game appearance, is The Telegraph All-Middle Georgia Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

Houston County’s playoff run was an improbable one at best, but Moore put his team on his back. The Bears lost nine seniors and seven starters from last year’s squad. They trailed at the half in every playoff game other than the opener against Ola.

“He singlehandedly put us on top in a couple of games that we shouldn’t have won,” Kirk said. “We’re not beating Glynn Academy or Clarke Central without him.”

True to his humble nature, Moore deflected the credit.

“Coach Kirk makes great halftime adjustments,” Moore said. “He reads the game well, and he knows what we need to do in the second half to win.”

Moore’s calm demeanor carries over into his attacking style. When other players get in a hurry, he slows down.

“The thing that sets him apart from anybody I’ve seen at his age is his composure in the box,” Kirk said. “It doesn’t matter if there’s one, two or three guys around him, he doesn’t get rattled. That’s something you can not coach. He is a pure goal scorer.

“I can’t see anybody breaking his records.”

Kirk has entertained overtures from many colleges interested in recruiting Moore, but Moore said he has yet to put too much thought into it. He is simply enjoying the time and the relationships he has made with his teammates at Houston County.

“The trips with your friends going to games and watching other games are just insanely awesome,” Moore said. “That’s my favorite part.”

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