Peachtree City Sign Former Clayton State Goalkeeper Charlotte McCormack
The goalkeeper position is arguably the most vital position in the world of football. The final line of defense between the opposition and goals is the keeper, and it is far from an easy task. Some of the world's greatest footballers are goalkeepers, most notably the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Hope Solo, and David de Gea. Only the most composed can make it in the harsh world of goalkeeping, and the MOBA WPSL club's latest signing has shown she has the ability to be successful.
Charlotte McCormack - Goalkeeper - Clayton State University
2013 saw the Lakers return to prominence in women's soccer, as the club went 12-4-6 on the season, winning both the Peach Belt Conference Regular Season Title as well as the PBC Tournament, qualifying Clayton State for their third ever NCAA Tournament. Statistically, McCormack starred between the posts, picking up eight clean sheets on a 1.10 goals allowed average in a team record 2,218 minutes. Despite such a stellar season, 2014 was even better for the Irish goalkeeper, as the Lakers went 13-7 with McCormack playing in eighteen matches. During her time, she recorded an outstanding 0.84 GAA, an 81.8 save percentage, and eight clean sheets. Her senior season simply fell victim to high expectations and a loss of players, as the Lakers went 8-8-1 with McCormack recording three more clean sheets. Overall, McCormack went down as one of the greatest to ever play soccer for Clayton State, as she finished her career 34-17-7 with a 1.11 GAA and a 78.1 save percentage and twenty clean sheets, second in school history. She was selected to the All-PBC Second Team twice and was a five-time PBC Goalkeeper of the Week. In 2015, Charlotte's achievements were recognized by her home country, as she was called up to represent Ireland in a friendly against the United States in San Jose.
Following her graduation, McCormack was brought in to mentor the Lakers' goalkeepers for the 2016 season before entering the world of coaching with the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association. McCormack left Rockdale to become a goalkeepers coach for the Olympic Development Program U11 girls team and also served as head coach for the JV girls team at the Atlanta International School. In the summer of 2017, McCormack was hired at her alma mater to become a graduate assistant coach for the womens team.
A goalkeeper who has already shown her ability to play, Charlotte McCormack is the perfect player for MOBA to put between the sticks in their inaugural season. A born and bred keeper, McCormack's prowess both as a player and as a coach will do wonders to benefit the club heading into their first season, as they will need a leader if they want to win. There are still a lot of spots to fill, but manager Campbell Chapman has already made a couple of great strides ahead of May 20th.
Photo Courtesy: Clayton State University