Player of the Year: Mosley gladly gets defensive about her soccer exploits
by Emily Horos
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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
Chanel Mosley
Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
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WOODSTOCK — Chanel Mosley didn’t lead River Ridge in goals or assists. She never made the game-winning penalty kick, and she never made a diving save to preserve a victory.

But what Mosley did as a part of the Lady Knights’ defense was just as valuable. Playing on the left side of the field, she was the heart of the defense, preventing many shots from even being taken.

River Ridge coach Sarah Goodbread said it’s hard to prove the worth of a defender because statistics aren’t kept in the same way.

“You can’t look at goals or assists,” Goodbread said. “It’s hard to prove stats for a defender to back up how good they are. (Mosley) was definitely the heart of our defense back there.”

Mosley, a senior, used her speed to track down the ball whenever it was in her area of the field. When necessary, she became physical with opposing players in order to wrestle the ball away.

Mosley feels her efforts, and those made by the rest of the team, were rewarded when they won the Region 7AAAA title by defeating Heritage-Catoosa in a 6-1 rout. The Lady Knights went on to finish the season 14-5-2, with a 7-0 record in region play.

For helping the River Ridge team win its first region title, Mosley is the 2014 Cherokee Tribune Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Mosley, who began playing soccer 13 years ago, has always been a defender.

“I have always been a center back,” she said. “I absolutely love it. I love taking out people and having a blast back there.”

Mosley may only be 5-foot-6, but she plays a lot bigger. She’s always been smaller than the other players she’s faced, but that hasn’t stopped her.

When an opposing player would bring the ball into her area of the field, Mosley was thinking just one thing: “You need to get out of my zone because I will absolutely truck you. I will come after you, and if you make me angry, I will get you.”

Mosley said the key is playing smart and keeping her body well-conditioned. Being a part of a club team — UFA 96 — also helps Mosley stay in top shape for the high school season.

By facing some of the best competition in the Southeast, Mosley believes she’s prepared for the next step in her life and her career. She recently signed with Shorter University, where she plans to major in nursing.

“We play at the highest level,” Mosley said of her club team. “It is the best feeling to know that I made it to the peak of where I need to be, and got my scholarship from it, so it’s the best feeling ever.”

Mosley said she had been chasing a scholarship for about 10 years.

“I’ve been trying to get a scholarship pretty much since I realized I needed a way to pay for college,” she said. “I saw that soccer was going to be my ticket to that.”

Mosley is satisfied with the way she finished her high school career, although reaching the state playoffs and falling to Veterans each of the last two years left her longing for more. She listed the highlight of her season as winning the region title.

“That was revenge,” Mosley said in reference to the way Heritage beat River Ridge for the region title in 2013. “We had it last year and could have won, but this year, we really did. Holding up that trophy and getting to take it home was really the best. I loved it.

“It broke my heart losing to Veterans, but we played our hearts out and reached our goal of winning the region, and that is all we could really ask for.”

Veterans posted a 1-0 victory in the state quarterfinals, and Mosley remembers where she was when the winning shot was fired.

“I was in the 18-yard box, and the girl just took a heck of a shot, and nobody could have stopped it,” Mosley said.

After shedding some post-game tears, Mosley accepted that she couldn’t have done anything to change the outcome. She said it isn’t often that a goal gets by her that she feels she couldn’t have prevented.

“I generally stop them all,” she said. “I am usually fast enough to get there, but once in a while, there will be one that I think that I could have been at a different place to have stopped it. It just depends on the situation.”

Looking ahead to Shorter, Mosley hopes to start for the NCAA Division II team as a freshman. The incoming class has 13 players, while the Hawks have lost nine seniors.

“I’m hoping to play a lot my freshman year,” Mosley said. “My goal is just to get in shape and be ready to take the challenge.”
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