As a result, Moore signed a four-year scholarship Wednesday with the Division I school, where she will compete for a starting position in the coming year.
She is the first D-I soccer player to come out of Woodland High, Kyle Morgan, her coach at Woodland, said.
“She is very deserving of this opportunity,” Morgan added.
Ben Parks, her Southern Soccer Academy club coach the past four years, said Moore has made a solid contribution to that team, too. That’s not a small feat since SSA is currently ranked No. 1 in Georgia’s club girls soccer teams.
Parks said he has spoken with coach Eric Terrill, Charleston’s head coach, and said both see her making a quick contribution at the next level.
“Emily is expected to compete for a starting job right from the jump with her size and speed, coupled with her ability to win balls out of the air,” he said. “I have no doubt that Emily will succeed due to her work to always try to improve.”
Parks said Moore is a quick learner. “[Her] improvement this year has shown me that if Emily can continue along that path she will be very special in the college game.”
Morgan said she has been a team leader for Woodland.
“Emily has the unique qualities of speed and power as a central defender. She is extremely coachable, a hard worker and loves to compete,” Morgan said. “She has invested much time and energy in her game to improve as a player. She is a great teammate, a leader for our program and selfless.
Morgan, too, believes success lies in her path. “I have no doubt Emily will be successful at the next level (both on and off the field).”
Moore said that she became interested in Charleston after Terrill contacted on the school’s behalf. “He’d seen me play in the Wide World of Sports soccer showcase held in Orlando, Fla., on Christmas break.
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