Athlete of the Week: Moore has MB on a shutout streak

mbgsoc-mooreMyrtle Beach High sophomore goalkeeper Gabby Moore and her Lady Seahawk teammates have a winning philosophy that is both simple and effective.

“If they don’t score, we can’t lose,” said Moore, the Grand Strand Athlete of the Week. “We take that approach every game and try to shut out everybody we play.”

You can’t argue with the results. The Lady Seahawks (16-1) have won 14 games by holding their opponents to a goose egg, including the last seven in a row. Their last goal-against came April 23rd to Class 4A foe West Florence, a scoreless streak of about 600 minutes that has carried into the postseason.

Myrtle Beach won its first-round playoff game over visiting Berkeley on Monday by a 4-0 score, allowing Moore the rare opportunity to leave her post between the pipes and get some garbage time on offense. She showed she’s not a goalie by default, flashing some moves and making passes like a true all-around soccer player.

“It was fun getting to run around a little bit and play on the other side of the field for awhile,” Moore said. “But goalie is my main position. I love it.”

There’s no question where her true skill lies. Moore has the combination of both quickness to get to the hard shots and athleticism to get to those hard-to-reach spots. And her hands? Let’s just say she’s made some grabs that have turned the heads of wide receivers on the football team that’s holding spring practice next door.

Moore, however, prefers to spread the wealth: “When you get a lot of shutouts people think about the goalie, but I’ve got an incredible back line,” said Moore, reading off a laundry list of teammates. “Even our front line does a great job of helping out on defense, so it really is a team effort.”

The Lady Seahawks play host to Airport on Wednesday in the second round of the playoffs. And if Moore and her teammates’ philosophy continues to work, Myrtle Beach may ride its defense-first philosophy all the way to state.

“We’ve got a lot of great seniors on this team and everybody’s playing together really well right now, so I think we have a good chance if we can keep it up,” Moore said. “If we keep winning we keep playing at home, and our crowd means a lot to us. We want to go all the way.”

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