MONTGOMERY, Ohio -- The Moeller soccer team is doing its part to lift the spirits of one of its senior captains who suffered a serious leg injury earlier this week.
Senior goalkeeper Beau Wiles was involved in a non-athletics accident Tuesday night and was hospitalized, according to Crusaders coach Mike Welker. He broke his leg in 12 places and has four major surgeries scheduled over the next two weeks, Welker said.
“He was the heart and soul of the team through his emotion and leadership of the team,” Welker said.
On Wednesday night, the Crusaders tweeted a photo that showed the team members holding his jersey. The tweet said “Play for Beau” with #ForTheBeau. That is a spin off from a team mantra “For the Boys.”
“The guys are trying to lift Beau’s spirits,” Welker said. Moeller, which was a Division I regional runner-up in 2015, plans to bring his captain’s armband to the hospital.
Wiles, who lives in West Chester, was expected to be an all-city-caliber goalkeeper, so his absence is a significant loss, Welker said.
“He is a very, very good player,” Welker said. “It’s a big bummer.”
The Crusaders have received support from other schools around the city including Anderson, which tweeted its support from coach Adam Jones.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to @beauwiles4 and the @MoellerSoccer family,” the tweet read. “We’re behind you guys.”
Moeller plays host to Sycamore at 5 p.m. Saturday in a scrimmage on Montgomery Road. The Crusaders plan to start an underclassman goalkeeper in that game.