Soccer continues to take Langley’s Reese Moffatt places as the next stop in her soccer adventures will be Baton Rouge as part of the LSU Tigers. Bob Frid Vancouver Whtiecaps FC photo

Langley teen ready to earn her Tiger stripes

Soccer has taken Reese Moffatt from Langley to Louisiana

Reese Moffatt’s soccer odyssey is taking her from Langley to Louisiana.

And if the talented teenager continues ascending in her sport, it just may end up with her wearing the red and white for Canada in a few years time.

Moffatt, who turns 18 in July, is off to Louisiana State University (LSU) later this summer, after signing her national letter of intent to join the Tigers women’s soccer program back in February.

She verbally committed to the program two years ago, when she was in Grade 10.

“Ever since I was a little girl, that has always been my dream,” she explained about landing a full-ride scholarship to a Division 1 program.

“And then hopefully make it to the national team.”

Emma Humphries, Moffatt’s coach the past few years as part of the Girls Elite BC REX program, said the teen has shown a propensity to take what she is taught and translate that into immediate success on the pitch.

“I have seen her grow over the last three and a half years immensely as a person and as a footballer,” Humphries explained.

“She has shown an ability to take on information and get better from it.”

Like many younger siblings, Moffatt was following an elder sibling into their activity, in this case dance.

But the six-year-old tried it and knew it wasn’t the right fit.

“I tried it but it really wasn’t for me,” Moffatt said with a laugh.

Seeing her athleticism on the playground, a family friend recommended soccer for the youngster, and Moffatt excelled not on the pitch, but also on the ball diamond, having taken up fastball as well.

Eventually, the time came to focus on one sport, with Moffatt hanging up her bat and glove to focus exclusively on soccer.

It has been a wise decision.

Moffatt was among 36 players chosen for the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Super REX (Regional Excel Centre) program, a regional training centre done in partnership between BC Soccer and Canada Soccer for top female soccer prospects from across Canada to attend school, train and play together in Burnaby.

It has meant switching high schools — Moffatt was at Walnut Grove but now attends Burnaby Central — and a daily commute from Langley to Burnaby.

Moffatt plays centre-back and is a key cog for her team’s defence.

“She is an exceptional defender, always willing to put her body on the line,” Humphries explained.

“She is technically strong (and) with how we play, she starts a lot of our attacks through the back-line.”

But before she departs for LSU and the Deep South, Moffatt will turn her attention to the newly-formed TSS FC Rovers, a team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. The WPSL is an independent North American league focused on the development of highly competitive premier women’s soccer leagues.

The Rovers play an eight-game schedule in the West Region’s Northwest Conference against squads from Washington state and Oregon — Seattle Sounders Women, ISC Gunners FC, PacNW-OSA FC, Westside Timbers, FCM Portland, Eugene Timbers FC Azul and THUSC Diamonds — and the Diamonds will be the Rovers first opponent when they meet later this month (May 26) at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster.

Moffatt is one of eight players from the Whitecaps academy program on the Rovers’ roster, which features players from Canada’s national team program.

The decision to have teenagers playing with and going against women was strategic, Humphries explained, as this should prepare them more for the challenges which await them at the university soccer level.

“I think this will be a good challenge and help us get ready for university (soccer),” Moffatt agreed.

And as for her long term goals beyond university, Moffatt has her eyes on playing for the national team program, as well as embarking on a professional career, either in the United States or overseas.



sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WEATHER: Weekly forecast calls for rain in Langley

Highs of 8 degrees C are expected on Monday along with 20 mm of rain

LETTER: Langley contributed to vital bird count

Annual bird count organizers see bigger volunteer turnout this year

VIDEO: SPCA and RCMP remove several animals, including pig, at private animal rescue in Langley

Home at 5500 block of 216th Street has undergone multiple seizures over the past five years

Dinner is served – next Langley community dinner planned for Feb. 1

Tickets are $5 for the community-organized dinner meant to encourage people to meet their neighbours

Laila Biali, jazz singer, songwriter, and pianist plays Langley’s BEZ Arts Hub Feb. 7

Songs include “River,” “Yellow,” “We Go,” “Satellite,” “Let Go,” and “Woodstock”

After cashing in on QB gambles, Chiefs and 49ers to clash in Super Bowl

KC beats Tennessee, San Francisco dispatches Green Bay to reach NFL title game

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

Vancouver police probe second homicide in less than 24 hours

Woman was found dead in her Gastown home

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Most Read