Blakely Mattern

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Blakely Mattern
Personal information
Full name Blakely Elizabeth Mattern
Date of birth (1988-09-17) September 17, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Simpsonville, South Carolina, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Carolina Elite Cobras
Youth career
2000–2004 CESA
2004–2006 JL Mann Patriots
2006–2009 South Carolina Gamecocks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Atlanta Beat
2010 Charlotte Lady Eagles 5 (1)
2011–2012 FC Twente 4 (0)
2013– Carolina Elite Cobras
2013– Mallbackens IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:03, September 23, 2011 (UTC).

Blakely Elizabeth Mattern (born September 17, 1988 in Simpsonville, South Carolina) is an American soccer defender who plays for Carolina Elite Cobras.



Mattern played collegiate soccer at the University of South Carolina where she was a two-time All-American in addition to being a Freshman All-American.[1] In 2009, she was a consensus first team selection after earning All-America nods by the NSCAA, Soccer America and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Organization. She was the 2007 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first sophomore in conference history to earn the honor, and is a four-time All-SEC selection. In her final season, she was captain of a defense that was ranked No. 9 in the nation and led the SEC in every defensive category en route to 15 shutouts and a berth in the NCAA Round of 16.


Mattern was selected by Atlanta Beat as the first choice of the third round and 21st overall selection in the 2010 WPS Draft.[2] She was the Beat's second pick and the fourth defender overall selected in the WPS Draft. In late 2010 she joined the Charlotte Lady Eagles.[3]

In the summer of 2011 Mattern joined FC Twente together with Danielle de Seriere. With Ashley Nick the Dutch club already had an American player. Due to an injury Mattern missed the first couple of matches.[4]

Since 2013 she has played for the Carolina Elite Cobras in the United States and for Mallbackens IF in Sweden.[5]


  1. ^ "Blakely Mattern Named NSCAA and Lowe's First Team All-American". Gamecocks Online. December 8, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Atlanta Beat Draft Day Recap". Atlanta Beat. January 17, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Charlotte Eagles - Blakely Mattern". September 17, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Aanwinsten FC Twente Vrouwen" (in Dutch). August 2, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cobras Continue Playing Abroad: Mattern, Swinehart, Gmerek head overseas". Carolina Elite Cobras News Release. August 12, 2013. 

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