CULLOWHEE, N.C. - As Western Carolina women's soccer officially begins preseason practice, in preparation for the 2014 season, three Catamounts were named to the College Sports Madness 2014 Southern Conference Preseason All-Conference Team. Junior forward Kelly Pannell was named to the first team while junior forward Markie-Lynn Studnicky and sophomore goalkeeper Carly Tinstman were placed on the second team.
Pannell, from Sale Creek, Tenn., led the Catamounts in all offensive categories in 2013. She topped the team in goals (8), assists (5) and points (21).
Studnicky, from Apex, N.C., tied for second on the team in goals, in 2013, with five. She also tied for second in assists with three. She is tied for seventh, in the Catamount record books, for goals in a career with 14 and needs one goal to move into a tie for fourth and two goals to take over fourth place.
Tinstman, from Raleigh, N.C., played in 20 games and started eight in 2013. She finished with a 5-9-1 record with 50 saves and two shutouts.
The Catamounts have two practices scheduled today and tomorrow. Saturday, the team will put on a soccer demonstration at the Catamount Club Football Tailgate event from noon until 1:30 p.m. From 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the team will host an inter-squad scrimmage hosting the Purple and Gold game.
Western Carolina will host Winthrop at 6 p.m. August 13, at the Catamount Athletic Complex, in the first of two exhibition games. The Catamount will welcome UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. August 15 in its final exhibition of the season.
The season opens, for the Catamounts, at 7 p.m. August 22 against Eastern Kentucky. Western Carolina played at EKU in 2013, in Richmond, Ky., defeating the Colonels 2-0.