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Thanks to LWC: My journey to play professional soccer
Spencer Moeller played soccer for Lindsey Wilson College in 2016 and 2017, before graduating with a degree in sport management. He recently signed to play soccer professionally with the Los Angeles Force. Moeller credits Ray Wells and the unique LWC Soccer Program for putting him on the path to success.
By Spencer Moeller
It was a phone call on a Tuesday afternoon. I was just released from my second NCAA D1 college and I was still undergoing rehabilitation for a torn meniscus from the previous season. I was alone, injured and mentally clocked out. After playing soccer for 15 years I was on the verge of hanging up the cleats. I had made my peace with this game. But a funny thing happened on that Tuesday in the spring of 2016 that would forever change the trajectory of my life.
A call from the head coach of the men's soccer team at LWC was the turning point in an otherwise mediocre career up until that point. Ray Wells expressed his interest in me becoming a Blue Raider for the 16/17 season and the potential he saw in me as a player. Signing my scholarship to play for LWC was one of the greatest decisions of my life.
During my time in Columbia I had the unique privilege of playing alongside soccer players from all around the world. The large majority of the other 1,200+ men's soccer programs in the country are filled with domestic talent, but Ray Wells and his coaching staff have done an incredible job over the past 20 years in recruiting international players. I was one of only 4 Americans on the team which made my experience at Lindsey truly unforgettable.
When you get a group of guys from 13 countries to play on one team, magical things are bound to happen.
In the two subsequent years that followed I found a new home in the hills of Columbia, KY.
The friends I made, memories I created and experiences I shared along the way have gone on to inspire thousands of young athletes around the world. I started to film/document my life on the first day of preseason during my senior year at LWC to help promote the team and give players a glimpse into what an aspiring professional's life is like.
My coaching staff and professors were unbelievably supportive of my YouTube channel and my decision to continue pursuing soccer at the professional level after graduation. I am forever indebted to everyone at LWC for changing my perspective on life, giving me the courage to pursue my dream and helping me educate the next generation of athletes. Two years after leaving Columbia, KY I was able to sign my first professional soccer contract for the Los Angeles Force of the National Independent Soccer Association.
There is no better feeling than announcing to the world something you are going after, standing in front of thousands of people, telling your story, showing the process, documenting the grind, and then after what seems like your 10,000th failure you're able to achieve it... It is hard to put into words what that feels like.
Thank you to the LWC family and the people of the great city of Columbia KY, for believing in me since the beginning. I could not have achieved my dream without you.
NOTE: Spencer's website is spencermoeller.com.
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