Thomas Hoy is an old-school guy.
The Douglas County High School boys soccer goalie and captain plays any chance he can get — even if that means juggling and practicing ball tricks in his free time. He's a four-year varsity player for the Huskies and the team's undisputed leader.
Sometimes goalkeepers get banged up. They're the ones diving after the ball and doing whatever it takes to keep it out of the net. Hoy has been as good as anybody in the conference this year with 59 saves. He's not superstitious, although he admits he has to have the same turkey sandwich and banana smoothie before each game.
At the end of the day, nothing replaces the feeling playing soccer brings to Hoy. He hopes to play at the Division II level in college, but will take what he can get, because, Hoy said, “It just gives me a lot of joy.”
"He's been a leader the last two years I've been here and a captain. He's basically our wall in the back. He's our wall that keeps as much out as possible. Last night (Sept. 20 against Legend) he played fantastic. Even though we ended up losing the game (3-2), he kept us from being worse than what it was. Put us in overtime. Great young man. Great player."
— Randy Freeman, coach of Douglas County boys soccer
Hoy has 59 saves this season, as of the Sept. 18. In his career, he's averaged 7.7 saves per game for a 34 percent goals allowed percentage, per opponent shots on goal.
What to you would be a good day as a goalie?
Good day as a goalkeeper would be to make a few saves, don't let them score, and put some balls in the back of the net for us.
What do you love about soccer?
Soccer is everything to me. It's the adrenaline I get, the feeling when I go to school and know that I have soccer practice after. It just gives me a lot of joy.
Do you play FIFA (soccer video game)?
I don't actually, I still own a Wii. I'm old school. I don't play any of the new video games.
What's your favorite Wii game?
Probably Mario Kart. I love playing Mario Kart and challenging my friends.
What do you do with your free time?
I'm usually hanging out with my girlfriend. Sometimes I'll do some juggling, some freestyle tricks with the ball out in the front yard.
Is there a player you look up to or emulate?
I definitely look up to Tim Howard, the goalkeeper for the Colorado Rapids. I've looked up to him for a while now. Ever since the Belgium game in the 2014 World Cup, that was just a really good game to look after because he made a ton of saves.
Major League Soccer or British Premier League?
I watch both. Usually I'm more of a fan of BPL. Arsenal is my team. But I always watch the MLS on the weekends with the Colorado Rapids and all that fun stuff. We usually go to the games.
Favorite pre-game meal?
I usually make a turkey sandwich with a banana smoothie.
Are you a pretty superstitious guy?
Not really. I usually wear my captain armband on my right side, but nothing other than that.
What music do you listen to before a game?
A lot of rap before the game to get me hyped up. Some country. It's on the complete opposite spectrum. Rap's good pump-up music and country gets me focused for some reason. I have no idea.
Any plans after high school?
After high school, I plan to go to college and play some college soccer. I hope to go to Division II. Obviously, Division I is the goal, but we'll see where I end up.
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