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Fox brings athleticism, passion to Southmoreland soccer

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:30 p.m.
Independent-Observer

Tyler Fox keeps busy athletically throughout the school year.

The senior at Southmoreland high school is a member of the in-line hockey team that captured the league championship last season. He also is one of the top singles players for the Southmoreland tennis team and is currently a midfielder on the school's soccer team.

While tennis may be the sport he prefers, he has been playing soccer for the longest amount of time, picking up the game when he was five years old.

“My brother always played it,” Fox said about developing his interest for the sport. His brother Cory, continues to play the sport, as a senior defender on the Seton Hill soccer team.

Fox is in his second year as a starter for the Scotties, after coming off the bench as a sophomore.

“He's a real smart player,” said coach Chris Fabian of Fox. “He's physical, not real physically fast, but mentally fast. He uses that to his advantage. He's a big player, smart kid, book smart and soccer smart. That's what Division I (colleges) are looking for.”

While applying his athletic talents this season, Fox also wanted to be more of a leader to the squad.

“I always looked up to seniors,” Fox said. “I want to be a good role model for the younger kids.”

According to Fabian, Fox has been successful in that quest.

“I've named him an additional captain,” Fabian said. “He's playing with a lot of heart. That's something we've been lacking. Tyler's really stepped up since we got into the season. I thought he was deserving of it.”

Fox seems to have found a home at the midfield position, but his soccer sojourn has seen him bounce all over the field. In the past, he's played offense, goalkeeper and defense.

“You're always on the move,” Fox said about his enjoyment of the midfield position. “You kind of control the game because you're in the middle.”

It's tennis that Fox hopes to play in college, but Fox admits he can take the skills from one sport and apply it to the other.

“Tennis and soccer, it's all about teamwork, “ Fox said. “You kind of always have to be on your toes (in tennis), just like soccer, always ready. You never know what's going to happen.”

Even though he may prefer tennis, there is something about being on the soccer field that keeps bringing Fox back to the game he's played for so many years.

“The thrill of wanting to win,” he said with a purpose. “I just love winning. I've been playing forever and it's been a passion.”

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or ppaterra@tribweb.com.

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