CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s soccer continues to prepare for it's home and season opener at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 against Gardner-Webb at the Catamount Athletic Complex. The "Get to Know You" series is also in full swing as today freshman goalkeeper Melody Mezzina, from Brampton, Ontario, Canada is highlighted.


Name: Melody Mezzina

Major: Traditional Mathematics



What is your nickname?: Mel

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?: Pumpkin Pie

What is your favorite animal at the zoo?: Flamingo

What is your favorite off-season activity?: Shopping

If you were a superhero, what powers would you want?: Super speed

What is your favorite holiday?: Christmas

What celebrity would you most like to meet?: Hope Solo



Three positive words your teammates would use to describe you?: I just have two – hard-working and humble.

What motivates you to work hard?: The need to stand out, be more than average and to leave a legacy/impact on the people around me.

What is something you always love doing, even when you are tired or rushed? Why?: Planning. It gives me a sense of calm and control over my life.

What was the best advice you were ever given?: If you stand on the goal-line they’re gonna’ score anyways, you may as well attack the challenge ahead.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: Animator

What position do you play – and what is the one key thing to know about the playing that position?: Goalkeeper – 90 percent of success as a goalkeeper is mental.

If you weren’t playing soccer, what sport would you have played in college? Volleyball



What made you choose Western Carolina University?: The people. The coaches care about the girls on the team as people as well as soccer players. The team has a sense of unity that matches the dynamic set by the coaches.  

What does #CatamountCountry mean to you?: It means I am a part of a nation, a collective voice much bigger than my own.

What does your scholarship mean to you?: It means the community is willing to believe in me and support my dreams.

What message would you like to send to Catamount Nation?: We are capable of so much more then we think – we push ourselves and push each other to be the best they can be.