CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s soccer placed a school-record six players on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Team. Sayres McKenna was named to the first team while Kasey Cooke, Maryanne Kilgore, Megan McCallister, Kayla Thomas and Emily Threatt were each honored on the second team.
McKenna, a junior midfielder from Wilmington, N.C., was a 2017 Southern Conference All-Tournament well as SoCon All-Conference second team selection and helped the Catamounts to a runner-up finish at the SoCon Championships. For the 2017 season, she ends the season with four goals, seven assists and 15 points. All four goals scored by McKenna were game-winners. In the Catamount record books, McKenna ends her junior campaign with 19 assists ranking her fourth in career assists. She needs two assists to move into third place replacing former standout, and WCU Hall of Fame member, Nardia Moore who ended her career with 20.
Cooke, a redshirt senior midfielder from Rocky Mount, N.C., ends the 2017 season with three goals and five assists for 11 points. She was 2-for-2 in penalty kicks and had one game-winning goal. Cooke ends her career ranked tied for fifth in the WCU record books for goals in a career with 16 and tied for eighth for points with 42.
Kilgore, a freshman defender/midfielder from Jefferson, Ga., was a 2017 Southern Conference All-Freshman selection. Kilgore and Thomas, a junior defender from Duluth, Ga., was part of the Western Carolina defensive backline that has helped the Catamounts win five of its last six games including back-to-back shutouts in the SoCon Championship quarterfinals, a 1-0 win over VMI, and semi-finals, 2-0 vs. No. 1 seed Furman. For the season, WCU had four shutouts.
McCallister, a junior forward from Asheville, N.C., was a true catalyst for the Western Carolina club. She led the team in almost every offensive category including pacing the team in goals (10) and points (26). She ranks second on the team in assists with six. McCallister's 10 goals this season are the most by a Catamount women's soccer player since Lauren Bramlett also scored 10 in the 2001 season. Her 10 goals also rank fourth in the Southern Conference. McCallister's 26 points are good for third in the SoCon for the 2017 season and rank her tied for fifth in the WCU record books. She has scored one game-winning goal and added six assists including the assist on Threatt's goal that gave WCU a 1-0 win over VMI and sent the Catamounts to the semi-finals of the 2017 SoCon Championships.
Threatt, a sophomore forward from Knoxville, Tenn., was a 2017 Southern Conference All-Tournament selection. She was a spark in the Catamounts tournament title run scoring the lone goal in WCU's 1-0 win against VMI in the quarterfinals of the tournament held in Cullowhee, N.C., sending the team to the semi-finals in Birmingham, Ala., against No. 1 seed Furman. In the semi-final game, Threatt got the Catamounts on the board early netting a goal just eight minutes into the contest. She became just the third SoCon player to score against the Paladins all season. Threatt's teammate Deyana Walker scored late in the game -- netting her second goal against Furman this season. Walker was the only SoCon player to score against the Paladins in regular season play. Threatt ends her season with seven goals ranking her second on the team. She added an assist and also had two game-winning goals.
Western Carolina women’s soccer ends the season with a record of 10-9-2 and won four of their last five games to close out the year.