CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s soccer will put its four days of preseason practice to the test when the Catamounts welcome former Southern Conference foe Appalachian State to Cullowhee for an exhibition at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

TWO-A-DAYS: The Catamount soccer team has been putting in two-a-day preseason workouts since the preseason began on Friday. The first couple of practices were all about fitness testing and skill workouts.

A BREAK FOR A BARBECUE: WCU soccer joined the football and volleyball team for a cookout on Saturday after Catamount football completed their first scrimmage of the preseason.

SMILE: Before the exhibition match with Appalachian State on Tuesday, the team will put on their best smiles for picture day which will include headshots and team and class pictures. Look for behind the scenes coverage of picture day on Catamount sports official Twitter (@catamounts) and Instagram (@wcu_catamounts) pages.

ONE MORE EXHIBITION: Western Carolina will travel to Gardner-Webb for its last exhibition of the preseason. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.

The first women’s soccer student-athlete highlighted in this year’s preseason "Get to Know" feature is Ashton Cannon, a senior midfielder/forward from Indian Wendell, N.C.

Name: Ashton Cannon

Major: Nursing


What is your nickname?: Ash

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?: Cookies n Cream

What is your favorite animal at the zoo?: Elephant

What is your favorite off-season activity?: Hiking and swimming

If you were a superhero, what powers would you want?: Time travel

What is your favorite holiday?: Thanksgiving

Which teammate makes you laugh the most?: Regan



Three positive words your teammate would use to describe you as a person?: Dedicated, compassionate and hard-working.

What motivates you to work hard?: All of the people who no longer have the opportunity to play the sport they love. It’s always about something bigger than yourself.

What is something you always love doing, even when you are tired or rushed? Why?: Reading. It calms my mind even when life is hectic.

Who is the most important person in your life?: My mom and dad. They push me to be the best version of myself.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A nurse 😊

What was the best advice you were ever given?: Deny myself and take up the cross daily. Follow the Lord – Luke 9:23

What position do you play – and what is the one key thing to know about the playing that position?: Outside mid/outside back: you must always see the field and be ready to run a lot.

One major goal for the 2019 season?: Win a SoCon ring.



What made you choose Western Carolina University?: The beautiful mountains and the family atmosphere.

What has been your favorite class to take at WCU?: Chemistry with Professor Jennings.

What is your favorite part about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?: Having 30 close friends from the team and getting to cheer on all of our friends from other teams.

What is the most challenging thing about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?: Juggling school with training and games. It’s all so rewarding at the end of the year.

What is your favorite thing about home games in Cullowhee?: We have the nicest pitch in the SoCon and the mountains are so awesome.

What does #CatamountCountry mean to you?: Coming together as a family to support each other through everything. It’s knowing someone will always be there to pick you up.

What is your favorite quote or saying from Head Coach Chad Miller?: “What do you want to be about?” He challenges us as a player but also as people in the way we should expect the most from ourselves.

What will you miss MOST about being a Catamount?: The family atmosphere, hands down.

What does your athletic scholarship mean to you?: It’s allowed me to pursue my dreams of becoming a nurse and being a part of the most awesome soccer program.

What message would you like to send to Catamount Nation?: Don’t stop when you are tied. Stop when you are done. GO CATS!!