Seth Moses is a nice kid. The Loch Raven High senior is somewhat shy and soft-spoken.

Until he steps onto the soccer field.

“He’s pretty quiet around us,” said Loch Raven boys’ soccer coach Joe Fielder. “On the field, he’s loud and demanding of his players. I don’t mind that.”

Moses has talk the talk for the Raiders, who won the Class 1A state championship last fall. He scored 10 goals and had seven assists.

It was redemption for Moses who missed the entire 2008 regular season due to a broken wrist. He was able to play in the Raiders’ state 2A semifinal loss to Liberty.

For a self-confessed soccer junkie like Moses, being on the sidelines for several months was painful.

“It was a stressful time. He really lives for soccer,” said Fielder. “If he’s not playing, it’s tough on him.”

“I really love the game. If helps if you love the game you play,” Moses said. “You keep playing and playing.”

McDonogh School coach Steve Nichols, who coaches Moses on the Baltimore Bays’ U-16 club team, knows his passion first hand. During a timeout in the ¬†first half of the third-place at U.S. Developmental Academy League Championships in California last month, Nichols wanted to put a spark into a lackluster Bays squad.

He went onto the field towards Moses, who had his head down. As he got closer to Moses, Nichols noticed he had tears coming down his face.

“They were playing the championship game on the next field, and we all could hear the national anthem playing. It really got to him because he felt we should’ve been playing in that game,” said Nichols.

“I wasn’t happy with third place,” said Moses, who helped the Bays to the U.S. Youth National Tournament crown the summer before. “Our goal was to win the national championship.”

Nichols, who has won eight national youth tournament crowns and coached a host of U.S. national team players, said Moses is a rare talent.

“If I have to win one game, that’s the kid I’m taking,” Nichols said. “He plays the game like a pitbull and he’s winner.”

In a game against Towson last fall, Moses turned on a defender with the ball and unleashed a shot from about 25 yards into the upper right corner of the goal. Fielder said Moses “willed” the Raiders to several victories last season.

“He’s just an all-around player or, for lack of a better term, a pitbull on the field,” said Fielder. “He always find a way to win. He’s the kind of kid coaches love to have.”

Soccer has been Moses’ only love since his father, Matthew, introduced him to the sport at age 5. Moses said playing with his three cousins in the backyard helped honed his skills.

“I love watching the game, Fox Soccer Channel or ESPN,” said Moses. “If it’s not on, I get on the computer and watch video of games.”

Moses has attracted offers from several prominient Division I programs, but said he would like to attend Maryland.

Though small in stature (about 5-8), Fielder knows what Moses can do on the soccer field.

“The only thing he’s missing is size, but that doesn’t worry me because he’s such a tenacious bulldog,” said Fielder. “He doesn’t stop for nothing. He’s relentless. There’s no other words.”