Knowing she wanted to play soccer in college, Cody High School senior McKayla Moss went to different camps and visited schools in Utah during the summer, but it was while she was at a baseball tournament in Sheridan to watch her brothers play that she found her future college.
“My dad said I should call the Sheridan coach, so I called her while I was waiting for their baseball game to start,” Moss said. “The first time I talked to her I liked her. The next night I had dinner with her and we talked about the program and the school.”
In the fall Moss went on a college visit and liked what she saw. So on Nov. 9, Moss made it official, signing a letter of intent to play soccer for Sheridan College next fall.
“We are very excited to welcome McKayla to the 2019 Sheridan College squad,” coach Mallery Hammer said. “At SC we pride ourselves in bringing in quality players but even more importantly quality people. McKayla is very mature, she is intelligent and has all the makings of being a great teammate.
“On the field McKayla has a great soccer IQ and she is a talented distributor. We are looking forward to her making an impact right away in the midfield for us with her technical ability and work effort.”
Moss began playing soccer at a young age. When she was 5, she had to make a decision between dance and soccer. Since choosing the sport, her love for soccer has continued to grow.
“I like being able to compete and to develop relationships that last forever,” she said.
Moss played Yellowstone Fire, but it was the transition to high school where she really committed to the sport.
“I wanted to get to play with the older girls so I trained hard to play varsity,” she said.
She started varsity her freshman year, and during her sophomore season she was part of Cody’s state championship team.
“It was awesome,” she said. “It was a good group of girls and coaches. Everyone wanted to win so we went out and did it.”
Fillies coach Marian Miears said Moss was a strong leader in her first two seasons with the team.
“She not only has good foot skills, but she’s able to see the game like a coach sees the game,” she said.
Moss also played on a Wyoming club team that traveled to tournaments in nearby states.
“That helped me in adapting to different players,” she said. “The club girls are from all over the state.”
Last year to help further her soccer career, Moss decided to move to Utah. She played soccer at Lone Peak High School in Highland and on the 01 Utah Celtic FC Premier team during the rest of the year.
“Soccer is different there,” she said. “The skill level is different and it’s quicker play. It improved my soccer IQ a lot going there.”
Wanting to be with her family for her final year of high school, Moss returned to Cody for her senior year.
She is looking forward to rejoining her Filly teammates in the spring and hopes to help them earn their third state title after they won again last year in her absence.
“I’m excited,” she said. “Hopefully we can win again.”