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McCallister Records Hat-Trick in Soccer's 4-0 Blanking of Wofford

Oct. 15, 2017

Box Score


The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 4, Wofford 0
Records: Western Carolina 6-9-2, (3-4-1 SoCon), Wofford 7-8-1, (2-4-1 SoCon)
Location: Snyder Field - Spartanburg, S.C.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Junior forward Megan McCallister recorded the first hat-trick of her career to lead Western Carolina women's soccer to a 4-0 victory over Wofford Sunday at Snyder field.

McCallister scored a pair of goals in the first half, at the 13th and 15th minute, to give Western Carolina an early 2-0 lead. She scored her third goal of the game at the 57th minute and Emily Threatt closed it out with a goal at the 87th minute.

 

Turning Point
McCallister scored two quick goals in the first 15 minutes of the game setting the tone against Wofford and all but securing the game.

Individual Leaders
- McCallister scored a hat-trick in the game - the first of her career.
- Kasey Cooke and Sayres McKenna each recorded two assists in the game.
- Threatt got in the mix with McCallister scoring a goal in the closing minutes of the game.
- Redshirt sophomore Jacquelyn Gnassi notched her second shutout of the season and improves her overall record to 4-5-1.

Inside the Box Score
- McCallister scored the first of her three goals in the game at 13:09 when Cooke dribbled around the goal and crosses in front of the box causing the Wofford goalie to come out of the box. McCallister took the loose ball and scored into the top right of the goal.
- McKenna's corner kick, at 15:37, set up McCallister's second goal as she took the kick from McKenna and sailed it in.
- The hat-trick for McCallister happened at the 57:45 mark when she took a pass from McKenna and dribbled down the field to beat the defender.
- Threatt scored the final goal of the game for Western Carolina at the 87th minute streaking down the left wing, after a pass from Cooke and beat the Terrier goalkeeper.

News & Notes
- McCallister became just the third player in Western Carolina women's soccer history to record a hat-trick in a game. She joins former Catamount standouts Jordan Howell, who recorded two hat-tricks in her career, and Natasha Moore.
- McCallister also pushes her seasonal goal total to 10 making her the first Western Carolina player to record double-figure goals in a season since 2001 when former Catamount Lauren Bramlett also had 10.
- Also notable for McCallister is her 23 points this season which ranks her seventh in the WCU record books for points in a season. In fact, her 23 points are the most by a Catamount since Kelly Pannell scored 21 in 2013.
- The win over Wofford was Western Carolina's second Southern Conference road victory of the season.
- Western Carolina recorded its second shutout of the season with the 4-0 win against Wofford.
- The four goals by Western Carolina ties the season-high for the Catamounts. WCU also scored four goals in the 4-3 win against Campbell. WCU is now 4-0, this season when the team scores three or more goals.
- Western Carolina not only held the Terriers scoreless but kept the nation's leading scorer Hayley Younginer, who entered the match with 21 goals, out of the back of the net.
- Threatt's goal, to close out the game, was her fifth of the season and moves her into second place on the team for goals in a season.
- McKenna notched her 18th and 19th career assists against Wofford and she continues to be ranked fourth in the WCU record books. She is now just two assists away from taking over third place from Western Carolina Hall of Fame Member Nardia Moore who had 20 in her storied career.
- The four goals against Wofford, on Sunday, matched the goal total the Catamounts scored against the Terriers in the 2016 regular season game. WCU is now 12-7-3 all-time against the Terriers and has won three straight.
- With the top two teams in the Southern Conference still undefeated, Western Carolina can take away the knowledge they pushed both Furman and Samford to overtime and lost by one goal to each team.

Up Next
Western Carolina closes out the regular season Sunday, Oct. 22, traveling to ETSU for a 2 p.m. game.

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