CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s soccer culminated four days of two-a-day preseason practice with an exhibition match with Appalachian State Tuesday earning a 2-2 tie with the Mountaineers.

EXHIBITION: Western Carolina and Appalachian State played three 30-minute periods during the exhibition. Freshman Aliyah Milicia and senior Emily Threatt each scored in the game and Threatt also added an assist.

FITNESS TESTS AND SKILL: Prior to the exhibition with Appalachian State, Western Carolina spent the first four days of preseason executing fitness testing and focusing on skill work. The exhibition was the first taste of live game action for the Catamounts.

PHOTO DAY: Prior to Western Carolina’s exhibition, the Catamounts got new headshots and took team and class photos ahead of the 2019 season.

ONE MORE EXHIBITION: Western Carolina will travel to Winthrop for one more exhibition prior to opening the season at home at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 against Gardner-Webb. The Catamounts will travel to Rock Hill, S.C. to take on the Eagles at 7 p.m.

Up next in this year’s preseason "Get to Know" features is Maryanne Kilgore, a junior defender from Jefferson, Ga. Kilgore was elected as the SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) president this past spring.

Name: Maryanne Kilgore

Major: Education with a focus on Biology


What is your nickname?: MK

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?: Chocolate

What is your favorite animal at the zoo?: Giraffe

What is your favorite off-season activity?: Hiking

If you were a superhero, what powers would you want?: To fly

What is your favorite holiday?: Halloween

Which teammate makes you laugh the most?: Regan and myself honestly

What celebrity would you most like to meet?: Scott Eastwood




Three positive words your teammate would use to describe you as a person?: Hardworking, trustworthy and passionate

What motivates you to work hard?: Never settling and my competitive drive.

What is something you always love doing, even when you are tired or rushed? Why?: I love to make a joke.

Who is the most important person in your life?: My family.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: A pro soccer player.

What was the best advice you were ever given?: Play hard and have fun.

What position do you play – and what is the one key thing to know about the playing that position?: I play defense and don’t let the other team score.

One major goal for the 2019 season?: Create amazing memories with my best friends.



What made you choose Western Carolina University?: My teammates, it is close to my family and I knew it was my home.

What has been your favorite class to take at WCU?: Genetics

What is the most challenging thing about being a student-athlete at Western Carolina?: Time management

What is your favorite thing about home games in Cullowhee?: Having Catamounts scream for us.

What does it mean to you to play in front of a large home-game crowd at WCU?: It means the world that we have the support and a lit crowed makes me play harder.

What has been your favorite athletics moment at Western Carolina?: Going to the SoCon finals as a freshman.

What will you miss MOST about being a Catamount?: My teammates

What message would you like to send to Catamount Nation?: Thank you for your support.