A trio of Ole Miss soccer signees joined forces for an Atlanta-based club team this year to achieve some lofty heights.
Soon-to-be Rebels Erin Emerson, Mandy McCalla and A'shanae Monroe helped their AFC Lightning club to a state and region championship to earn a spot in the 2010 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships this week in Overland Park, Kan.
While they aren't teammates for their club, Emerson and McCalla have been big rivals on the prep pitch in their hometown of Fayetteville, Ga. This spring, McCalla led Starr's Mill HS to a state championship with a 2-1 win over Emerson's Whitewater HS in the title game. As one of the region's top goalscorers from her midfield position, McCalla was named the 2010 State 4A Player of the Year by the Georgia Soccer Coaches Association. Monroe, meanwhile, hails from McDonough, Ga., and was a standout speedster in both soccer and track for Eagles Landing HS.
The trio looks to bring a high level of skill and excitement to a Rebel squad coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance, as the Matthew Mott era of Ole Miss Soccer gets underway this fall.