Reynolds alum Megan McCallister graduated as a three-time Citizen-Times All-WNC Girls Soccer Player of the Year and a 3-A state champion.
It hasn’t taken the freshman long to acclimate to the college game.
McCallister scored a goal and added an assist for Charlotte in Saturday’s 4-3 exhibition win over Georgia State.
Here is a link to McCallister’s bio on the Charlotte athletics website.
And more on Saturday’s game from the 49ers:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte scored twice in both halves and controlled much of the offensive flow to defeat Georgia State, 4-3, Saturday afternoon in women’s soccer exhibition action at Transamerica Field. Four different 49ers factored in the scoring, while three additional players were featured in assists as the hosts opened the campaign with a well-rounded performance.
Charlotte placed 21 shots towards the Panthers net, including nine on goal. Preseason All-Conference USA selection Martha Thomas, the reigning league freshman of the year, shared the 49ers lead with four shots with each on goal. She got the Niners scoring start before later adding an assist to finish as one of two players with a three-point effort.
Junior Rebecca Beatty also had four shots, while sophomore Virginia Lingo and junior transfer Katie O’Neill added three apiece.
The game started with no scoring through the opening 30 minutes, but over the course of the final 15 minutes of the first period, three scores were put on the board with Charlotte entering the intermission ahead, 2-1.
Georgia State started the flurry at 30:00 when Margaret Bruemmer’s free kick found the head of Suzanne Arafa, who redirected it past the 49ers’ starting netminder Annika McHenry. Less than two minutes later, the equalizer was found off Thomas’ foot. Freshman Megan McCallister sent a cross in from the right side, where Thomas ran onto it from six yards away to make the score 1-1 at 31:43.
Before the half ended, Charlotte jumped out in front, 2-1, when a Shelby Hicks pass up the field located McCallister, who needed only two strides before blasting her shot from 15 yards out past GSU’s Brie Haynes at the 41:10 mark.
The 49ers entered the break with an 11-to-5 shot advantage, with all five of the Panthers attempts away from the goal frame with McHenry tallying zero saves in her 45 minutes.
Soon after the second half began, Lingo grew Charlotte’s edge to 3-1. Another cross from the right side, this time from Thomas, entered the goal box. Lingo leapt high to place her head on the pass and hammer it home behind backup goalkeeper Christa Fox at 48:12.
Despite a continued offensive push by the 49ers, it would be another 20 minutes before the team’s final score was added to the board. Junior Kaitlin Walker swung a corner kick into the penalty area, only to locate the head of redshirt freshman Bella Osborne. Osborne headed the pass between the pipes from 12 yards away at 68:39 to increase Charlotte’s lead to 4-1.
Two late scores in the final 10 minutes brought the Panthers within the final deficit at one. Monique Hundley fired a shot towards the 49ers’ cage. Freshman goalkeeper Abby Coffey, who entered for McHenry at the half, bobbled the attempt. The loose ball was then tapped-in off Arafa’s foot for her second score at 80:14.
Hundley then was able to find the back of the net on her own, collecting a loose ball in front of her bench and sending a 35-footer past Coffey at 85:15 for the one-goal deficit.
Charlotte will now use the next week to prepare for its regular season opener, at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 23, against Coastal Carolina. Tickets will be $5 for adults, $2 for youth (ages 2-17) and $1 for groups of 10 or more. Students will be admitted free with ID.