Women's soccer player Blakely Mattern was selected 21st overall in the WPS draft to the Atlanta Beat.
2008 NSCAA Third Team All-Region
2008 - Started every match and played every minute of the year ... First Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American ... Second team Soccer Buzz All-Region selection ... Third Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region selection ... First Team All-SEC ... Second team NSCAA Scholar All-Region selection ... Four goals, three on headers ... Leader of team that finished regular season second in the SEC in shutouts (8) and ranked in the top two in every major defensive category, including goals allowed, points allowed, shots allowed and shots on goal allowed ... Tallied first goal on a header against East Tennessee State (9/19) ... Scored on a header in next game with a 19th minute goal against Tennessee (9/26) ... Opened scoring against Ole Miss with another header (10/12) ... Scored Carolina's lone goal in the SEC Tournament against Georgia (11/5) ... Preseason All-SEC and First Team Academic All-District ... SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2007 - Started all 23 matches at center back ... Fourth Team All-America by Soccer Buzz, the first All-America selection in program history ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, the first sophomore to earn the honor in conference history ... Invited to participate in U-20 National Team Camp ... Earned first team All-SEC honors and Preseason All-SEC honors ... First Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District ... First Team All-Region by Soccer Buzz and second team All-Region by NSCAA ... Named South Carolina Female Co-Athlete of the Year ... Scored two goals and two assists for six points ... Tallied goal against East Tennessee State (9/3) ... Hit game-tying goal against Duke in NCAA Tournament first round (11/16) to send the game to penalty kicks ... Recorded both assists at the Carolinas' Cup, one against Charlotte (9/14) and one against Furman (9/16) ... Earned Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week honors following her two assist weekend ... Named UCF Tournament Defensive MVP and SEC Defensive Player of the Week in week two ... Played all but 67 minutes on the field, an average of 91 minutes per contest to lead Carolina ... Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2006 - Started all 22 matches as a freshman ... Second team Freshman All-America by Soccer Buzz ... Earned second team All-SEC honors as well as being named to SEC All-Freshman Team ... Scored three goals and added three assists for nine points ... Scored first career goal in 3-1 win over James Madison (9/3) ... Also scored game-winning goals at Furman (9/11) and vs. Mississippi State (9/13) Named to 2006 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
PRE-COLLEGE - Earned NSCAA High School All-American honors ... Two-time Peach Blossom Region Player of the Year (2004, 2005) ... Two-time all-state selection (2004, 2006) ... Top goal scorer in state of South Carolina in 2005 with 39 goals and tied for top goal scorer in 2004 with 46 goals ... Two-time co-captain at JL Mann HS ... South Carolina ODP team (2000-05) ...Played on five-time S.C. state cup champion club team with CESA.
PERSONAL - Full name is Blakely Elizabeth Mattern ... Majoring in international business ... Hobbies include playing any sport and being outside ... Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods... Mother played softball at North Carolina ... Born on September 17, 1988 ... Parents are Christopher Mattern and Cindy Kress.