By Ethan Hamilton
Assistant Sports Director
At the end of each soccer season, there is always a crop of players who have given their all for Texas State and must say goodbye.
The 2020 Bobcat senior class of soccer players did a great job of creating momentum heading into the postseason after a rollercoaster of results throughout the year.
Senior midfielder, Renny Moore, made her presence known throughout her four years at Texas State.
Moore didn’t allow a disappointing loss to Troy in the Sun Belt conference tournament to affect her positive memories.
“It was a tough ending. I don’t think we deserved to lose our final game… we had a lot of chances and created opportunities and played really well. I think it’s one of the best games we played. We just couldn’t finish it off,” Moore said. “It doesn’t make the memories I’ve had any different. I still have really good memories and am super thankful for the opportunities.”
Moore netted six goals and seven assists in 70 games during her career as a Bobcat.
In 2020, her standout moment was on Senior Day. Moore scored a goal and assisted on another in her last game at Bobcat Soccer Complex. The moment she will always remember is winning the Sun Belt conference in 2018.
“It’s gotta be a winning conference in 2018 at home,” Moore said when determining her favorite moment as a Bobcat. “It’s hard to top that.”
Moore, like most players, had a learning curve when she arrived in San Marcos. Moore played in three different positions, struggling to adjust to the pace of play. However, she was up to the challenge.
Earning plenty of playing time early on helped Moore find her role on a team where the ‘Cats had prior success before she arrived.
The culture of Texas State soccer is competitive and loving. Moore appreciated the way that each of her teammates pushed her to be the best player she could. It also made her realize how she would continue that legacy once she became a senior.
“The culture of this team is the best I’ve been a part of. It’s so competitive,” Moore said. “Everyone wants to win every game and give it their all, that sometimes things get heated with those different types of personalities. But, they are so supportive. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
That style of leadership that the Bobcat upperclassman used rubbed off on her so much so that she continued her guidance with this year’s crop of new players.
“I tried to make sure that I was approachable and not seen as a scary senior, nobody wants that,” Moore said.
This season was much different compared to past seasons for Moore. Due to COVID-19, Texas State faced many challenges before the first whistle blew.
The Bobcats operated remotely for much of the offseason, including team meetings and training.
The remote offseason took a big toll on Moore and the rest of the team. The resilience Texas State displayed took a lot of discipline to stay focused during training after transitioning from practicing face-to-face to being instructed online while quarantining.
“I’d love to sit here and tell you that everything was easy and I handled the best, but honestly it was hard,” said Moore. “It’s a big adjustment and I miss doing things in person.”
Moore felt the stress of soccer and school weighing heavily on her shoulders. Although she loved doing both, at times she needed to take a step back and decompress.
Moore’s support group of friends and family made it possible for her to refocus in the strenuous environment that COVID-19 created.
“I’m really thankful to have a good support group outside of soccer that if I have a really bad day and need to get away, they’re there,” Moore said.
Now that the season and semester are over, Moore has her eyes set on finishing her undergraduate studies in accounting and will pursue her graduate degree in that same study.
Featured image via Texas State Athletics.