Moore, Hedden advance to US Youth Soccer National Championship
by Jason Greenberg
Jul 01, 2014 | 1576 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emily Moore and Mallary Hedden competed against one another while playing soccer for Woodland and Cass, respectively.

However, the pair have teamed up for the SSA Chelsea Elite U19 girls soccer team, and on June 25, Moore and Hedden’s team won the 2014 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championship in Baton Rouge, La.

“Winning Regionals was a huge accomplishment for us,” Moore said. “We played our hearts out and left nothing on the field.”

The US Southern Regional included teams from 10 states, and by winning the regional championship, the SSA Chelsea Elite U19 team will now advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championship, which will be held in Germantown, Md., July 22-26.

This will be first time an Southern Soccer Academy team has advanced to nationals in several years. Chelsea Elite will face the U19 winners of each of the other three regions around the country during the nationals.

“It’s very exciting. I honestly never even imagined going into playing regionals, and now that we’ve made it to nationals, it’s an extremely high honor and I’m very excited to go to play,” Hedden said.

Chelsea Elite U19 advanced through the state cup and sectionals before the regional championship when the team went 2-1 in group play. Moore and Hedden’s team then won the semifinal game 5-0 and won 1-0 in overtime in the finals.

Hedden plays for Chelsea Elite’s U18 team but was asked to move up to the U19 team as a guest player to help the U19 team advance.

Hedden graduated from Cass this year and will play at Troy University next year. Moore graduated from Woodland in 2013 and played for Charleston Southern this past season.

Hedden and Moore played together for the Clash program team when they were younger and reunited for the tournament.

“It was nice knowing someone else from Clash was on my team,” Moore said. “It was fun.”

“I’ve known Emily since we were about 8-years-old, and so then finally we got back together,” Hedden said.

Hedden was a four-year starter and has made The Daily Tribune News All-County team the last two seasons. She led the Lady Colonels in assists each of those two years with 8 and 11, respectively. She also was named the 2012 Bartow County offensive player of the year.

Moore was twice named The Daily Tribune News All-County Player of the Year and was a four-year varsity starter for the Lady Wildcats. She was named to the all-county team in all four of her seasons at Woodland.

Alex Cornell, a Bartow County resident who attended North Cobb Christian School, also is a member of the Chelsea Elite U19 team.

Another Georgia Team, the Concorde Fire U19 Elite Boys, also qualified for Nationals. Bartow County residents Cameron Rohani, a 2013 Darlington graduate, and Cody West, a 2013 Cass High graduate, are members of the team.

Rohani plays for Seattle University while West plays for Duquesne University.