Hometown: Hampton, GA
Age: 24 (11/10/1993)
College: Florida State University
*Formerly Cheyna Williams
The Spirit drafted Matthews with the 7th overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. In 2016, she played in 17 games, 8 starts, and scored three goals. In 2017, she scored five goals over the course of 21 games, including 16 starts for the Spirit in her second NWSL season.
In college, Matthews started every game for the Noles in 2015 as they reached their 5th consecutive College Cup. She led the team with 10 goals on the season. In 2014, Cheyna played in all 26 games and made 24 starts helping Florida State win its first NCAA National Championship in program history.
Professional: 2017: Scored five goals over the course of 21 games, including 16 starts for the Spirit in her second NWSL season. 2016: Drafted by the Spirit with the 7th overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft…played in 17 regular season games, 8 starts, totaling 779 minutes…scored three goals
College: Attended Vanderbilt for first two years before transferring to Florida State University 2015: Started all 25 games at forward for the Seminoles as Florida State reached the College Cup for the fifth consecutive season and ninth time overall…Led the team with 10 goals on the season – ninth-best in the ACC – and finished second overall with 27 points as she added seven assists on the year. 2014: Transferred to Florida State University…Played in all 26 games and made 24 starts in her first season at Florida State in helping the Seminoles win their first NCAA National Championship in program history…Named the 2014 College Cup Most Outstanding Player on Offense with two goals in the national semifinal game against No. 3 Stanford and an assist in the national championship game against No. 4 Virginia…Tallied 14 goals on the season, good for second-most of the team and tied for fourth in the ACC. Her 14 goals also ranked No. 29 in the NCAA on the season…Scored six goals in the NCAA Tournament – one each against South Alabama and Northeastern, along with two goals each against No. 18 South Carolina and No. 3 Stanford 2013: Named First Team All-SEC … Started in all 18 games after sitting out the season opener … Played in 1,432 minutes as the teams top offensive player … Led the ‘Dores to their best offensive output since 2000 … Finished 2013 with 37 points on 16 goals and five assists … Recorded four multi-goal games and scored six or more points in three games … Finished the 2013 tied for second on the single season scoring list, and fifth on the single season points list. 2012: Played in 17 games as a freshman forward, making 15 starts… Led the Commodores in scoring with six goals and six assists for a total of 18 points… Twice scored in back-to-back games–against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, and again versus Tennessee and Mississippi State… Score twice in VU’s 3-2 win over Arkansas… Led team with 61 shots, 29 of which were on-goal… Played a total of 1,135 minutes… Earned 2012-13 Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll recognition… Named to NSCAA All-South Region third team… Also recognized on the SEC All-Freshman Team.
High School/Youth: Four-year starter for Coach Rory Welsh at Lovejoy High School… Scored 103 goals in first three years… First-team All-Region honors each season… Also named squad’s Offensive Player of the Year… Three-sport athlete lettered in basketball and track… Member of National Honor Society…Played for Coach Iggy Moleka at United Football Academy…State Cup champions in 2011…Leading scorer of the Region III Premier League in leading United FA to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010…Involved with the ODP for six years, earning a spot on Region III team beginning in 2009…International experience with Region III squad includes games in Portugal, Spain, Costa Rica and Brazil…Named a four-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com, ranked as 15th-best player in the South Atlantic Region.