Woodland pair on all-region team
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May 11, 2013 | 788 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two Woodland High girls soccer players — Emily Moore, a defender, and Alicia Velasquez, a goalkeeper, have been named to the Region 5-AAAAA first team All-Region Girls Soccer Team.

“This is quite an honor for these two young ladies and our program,” Kyle Morgan, former Woodland soccer coach, said. “We played in a highly competitive region in which six different teams were ranked in the top 10 in the state at some point this season.

“For these girls to be selected by the other coaches in the region speaks volumes for the amount of time they invest in their game and their level of play this season. They were two of the 11 girls on our team to earn the first-team honor out of all 11 schools in our region.”

Moore also was named this week to play in the Georgia All-Star soccer game for ninth-12th graders.

“It’s quite an honor for her to be selected,” Morgan said.

Moore has been a four-year starter at Woodland and its captain since 2011. She was an all-county team member in 2010 and was named best defensive player on the all-county team in 2011.

Last year Moore was named the player of the year in Bartow County and was selected for inclusion on the second team all-region squad.

She is a four-year member of SSA, a Georgia ODP, Super Y and Region III Premier League Player. Her team won the Georgia State Cup in 2012.

Moore’s club team also finished 2012 as the No. 1-ranked club team in the state.

Moore has signed a scholarship to play soccer at Charleston Southern University, a Division I college. She is Woodland’s first soccer player to sign with a D-I college.

Velasquez, a two-year starter as goalie for Woodland, also is a big part of its defensive play as she patrols a large area.

She is an aggressive goalie always on the lookout for errant balls she can stop far from the goal and keep the Lady Wildcats in an offensive posture during games.

This past season she was a part of nine shutouts recorded by the Lady Wildcats. The previous year she was a part of five shutouts.

Woodland finished this past season with a school record 11 wins to five defeats.