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Woody makes an impact on big soccer stage

Woody leaves mark on national stage


7:18 PM, Dec. 18, 2012 EST

Logan Woody is a junior midfielder for the Asheville Trailblazers. / SPECIAL TO THE CITIZEN-TIMES

ASHEVILLE — 

Some people play soccer.

Logan Woody lives it.

Does the Asheville Trailblazers junior have any competing interests or play any other sports?

"Not at all," Woody said. "I just love soccer."

Who needs the distractions when Woody is making the most of his talents as a midfielder?

Woody was a captain for the Southeast region's Olympic Development Program team in the NCAA Interregional tournament held Dec. 14-16 in Birmingham, Ala.

Woody and the Region III team won the star-studded event with a 2-1 record.

In addition, Woody was recognized as one of the top 11 players at the event, which coincided with the NCAA Men's College Cup.

"It was an unbelievable experience," said Woody, who is from Asheville.

"It's been great to prove that there are players from this area that can play at that level."

Woody attended an initial tryout for the ODP team at about this time last year in Greensboro. Fast forward to Birmingham where every move he made was scrutinized by college coaches.

"When you get out there, your first thought is 'Oh crud,'" Woody said.

"But that nervousness almost energized me. It's definitely a positive and not a negative."

Woody's position for the Trailblazers is mostly defensive-minded, but he still managed to score 16 goals and dish out 10 assists this past season. Woody's father, Steve, is the Trailblazers' coach. Logan Woody also plays club soccer for the Highland Football Club.

Woody is on track to graduate early in January 2014. He has already been taking some college-level classes at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Montreat. Steve Woody said that UNC Asheville is one of the schools that has recruited his son the hardest up until now.

Logan Woody's three older sisters, Chloe, Jordan and Maggie, all signed with Liberty University out of high school but Chloe and Jordan eventually transferred to Lee (Tenn.).

"I definitely give a ton of credit to my coaches with the HFC and not just one in particular," Logan Woody said.

"I've gotten a little bit from every one of them. And my dad more than anything has been there for me. He hasn't missed a thing along the way."

Logan Woody is expected to travel with the ODP team in March to either Argentina or Europe for further competition.

"Logan is a real attacking-type of player and it's going to be interesting to see where they use him in college," Steve Woody said.

"I'd love to tell you I could take credit for all this, but I can't. Coaches with the HFC like Trei Morrison and Mike Rottjakob have really done so much for Logan. We're so thankful to everyone who has helped him along the way."

 

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