Photo by Theo Tate
Granite City seniors Lindsay Levault (left) and Kaylie Moss have played soccer together for 14 years. In 2001, they began their soccer careers at an instructional soccer camp for 4-year-olds.
On September 29, 2001, a large group of 4-year-olds spent an hour learning the basics of soccer at the Granite City Soccer Club facility.
Lindsay Levault and Kaylie Moss were part of the group on that sunny Saturday afternoon. The two girls were playing soccer for the first time.
“I remember it was like so much fun,” Moss said. “We were just running around and at one point, me and Lindsay would coach the team sometimes. So it was fun.”
Fourteen years later, Levault and Moss are still playing soccer. They’re both defenders on the Granite City girls’ soccer team.
“I like soccer because it’s a chance to be around everyone and make friends and being athletic,” Levault said. “It’s always competing and wanting to be the best, so it really makes you push yourself.”
“It (soccer) teaches you how to manage your time well,” Moss said. “It makes you have a good work ethic because you have to balance a bunch of things at one time.”
In September 2001, Levault and Moss began their long soccer careers by participating in an instructional soccer camp for 4-year-olds at the Granite City Soccer Club. The soccer camp began in the late 1990s and it was one of the few 4-year-old instructional soccer camps in the St. Louis area.
Granite City Soccer Club president Judy Stroehmer was one of the instructors of the camp, which ran every Saturday afternoon.
“I remember she used to know my dad,” Levault said. “They would like get together on the weekends. We didn’t have anything going on, so it would be like one-on-one training with her. That’s when I was little, so I don’t remember too much.”
The camp helped Levault begin a long friendship with Moss.
“Gaining friendships was like a big thing because I didn’t really know many people except for my mom’s friends and kids,” Levault said. “With soccer, I met Kaylie and we became close. We’ve become close ever since then.”
When they were 6 years old, Moss and Levault got a chance to play coaches during a recreational soccer game.
“We played this purple team and they were our arch rivals,” Moss said. “Our coach got mad because we were losing, so he left. Me and Lindsay kind of took over and coached everybody.”
“I remember me and Kaylie were trying to sub girls on and off,” Levault said. “I remember at one point, we had too many girls on the field. So we had to go in and we were coaching people from the field. It was funny because we were 6 years old and we didn’t have a coach. I don’t remember the score of that game, but I know it was a lot of fun.”
Levault and Moss, both 18, played soccer together for 14 years. They played on the same select and recreational teams and they played for the Granite City girls’ soccer team all four years.
“That’s a long time,” Levault said.
But next year, Levault and Moss will be going their separate ways. Levault will continue her long soccer career at Lindenwood University in Belleville, while Moss will attend Saint Louis University and major in biology.
Levault said she’s looking forward to playing soccer in college. Paige Faulkner, another Granite City senior, will join her at Lindenwood-Belleville.
“All along, I have never seen myself playing college soccer,” Levault said. “All of the sudden, I got a call from the Lindenwood coach and she was walking me through everything. She was like, ‘I’m going to let you guys have fun, but I’m still going to be serious.’ That really changed my mind and I’m really excited.”
Moss, an honor student with a 5.5 grade-point average, is not planning to play soccer at SLU next year.
“I figure that I wanted to focus on academics,” Moss said.
This spring, Levault and Moss are looking to help the Warriors turn in another winning season. Last year, they helped Granite City finish 11-9-2.
“I think we need to work together and work more as a team instead of individually and we can start winning,” Moss said.
Granite City coach Kenny Prazma said Levault and Moss have been valuable to the team since they joined the varsity in their sophomore seasons.
“They’re two great kids,” Prazma said. “They show up every day to work hard and they’re kind of the mainstays of that senior class that I feel so strongly about. They’re all pretty much the same to come here to do a bunch of work and try to play as hard as possible and try to get the best result that we can possibly get.”
Warriors are now set for a Southwestern Conference match against Collinsville.
The Warriors will look to prevent the Kahoks from finishing with an undefeated season in SWC play when the two teams square off at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Collinsville.
The Kahoks are 5-0 in league play and have outscored their conference opponents 22-2. Collinsville has already clinched the conference championship.
“Collinsville seems to be the strong team to beat,” Prazma said. “I have watched them a couple of times. They’re very talented.”
Granite City took an 0-2 SWC record into Tuesday’s match against Belleville East. The Warriors lost a pair of one-goal matches to O’Fallon and Belleville West. They play Edwardsville on April 28 and wrap up their conference season on May 7 at Alton.