Wesleyan’s Mostoller signs with Furman

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 10:58 PM

Drew Mostoller is determined to be successful.

Growing up, he’s pushed himself to learn the necessary skills and helped his teams win championships. Now, Mostoller, a senior at Wesleyan Christian, has signed with Furman University to continue playing soccer at the NCAA Division I level.

“I’m excited because it’s such a good opportunity to get even better,” he says. “In my heart, I don’t want to stop at Furman. I want to take as much out of these four years as I can to make sure I have an opportunity to play after college.”

Mostoller, the son of Michelle and Ken of Trinity, began playing YMCA soccer when he was 3 years old growing up in Greenville, S.C. He stopped playing because his peers weren’t as concerned with improving. A couple years later, around 6 or 7 years old, he started playing club.

When he and his family moved to the area while he was in the third grade, he joined the Piedmont Soccer Alliance and Piedmont Triad FC and has played there ever since. Although he tried sports like baseball when he was younger, he’s always remained focused on soccer.

“I love playing the game,” he says, also mentioning how he looked up to players he watched on TV. “It’s fun to run around and kick the ball around. That’s the simplest way to put it. I’ve loved the game since I was 3, and from a young age I knew I wanted to played it through college.”

As he got older, around 10 or 11, he started going to technical and agility training run by Scott Reitnour, Wesleyan’s boys soccer coach. He trained hard, practiced at home to master the drills and grew more confident and comfortable with the ball over time.

Following his freshman year at Trinity, Mostoller, who plays holding midfielder, transferred to Wesleyan, where he helped the Trojans win back-to-back NCISAA 3A state championships — including going 25-0 with a high national ranking his junior year.

“I remember as a sophomore him bouncing in and out of the lineup, locking down the starting job as a junior, and as a senior being one of those guys we had to go to,” Reitnour says. “So, his progression through the game has been fantastic.

“He just has this massive appetite to improve. You tell him to do something and think he won’t be able to do it by next week. He’ll come back next week: ‘Got it. Let me show you. What else do you want me to do?’ I think it’s his commitment to excellence, how motivated he is.”

In looking at schools, Mostoller, who earned all-conference three times, all-region twice and all-state once, started talking with Furman through PTFC coach Dustin Fonder, who’s also the High Point University men’s coach.

He met with assistant coach Geoff del Forn, went to a summer camp at the school and, after narrowing down his top selections to also include UNC Greensboro, Appalachian State and Messiah, chose the Paladins of the Southern Conference.

“I actually used to live there — I was born in Greenville,” he says. “My mom worked at Furman, so I was around the campus a lot when I was younger. So, it’s like going back home. Of course, the campus is awesome, and they have a strong history of being good at soccer.”