CULLOWHEE – Megan McCallister was in the middle of a school day when she agreed to an interview on Wednesday.
Life at a new college has already begun for one of Western North Carolina’s all-time leading scorers in girls soccer.
McCallister is a 2015 Reynolds graduate who racked up the second-most goals (152) of any mountain high school girls player. She has transferred to Western Carolina University after putting home five goals and dishing out three assists as a freshman at Charlotte.
The 49ers were 7-11-1 overall and 3-6-1 in Conference USA matches.
“I really miss the area, and I knew that coming into Charlotte,” McCallister said.
“I wanted to see if I liked living somewhere bigger. I like living in this area. I’m a lot happier, and everything fell into place beautifully. I think it will go well.”
McCallister started 14 of 19 games for the 49ers. She scored the team’s first goal of the season in a 4-1 home win over Coastal Carolina on Aug. 23.
“I learned a lot from playing with some really good players,” McCallister said.
“I feel like now I’m somewhat prepared for what’s to come.”
As a high school senior, McCallister led the Rockets (24-4-0) to their first-ever state championship in girls soccer. She accounted for a team-high 46 goals and 17 assists last spring.
McCallister was named the Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year and Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the third time in both cases.
“I had originally decided between Western Carolina and Charlotte,” McCallister said.
“I chose Charlotte, but in hindsight, this area fits me better. I am happy living here. The coaches on both sides have been very understanding and helpful.”
This year’s Reynolds team has a trio of college recruits in Lenoir-Rhyne recruits Kaley Cross and Christina Shimshock as well as Karissa Grooms (Chowan). The Rockets open their season Feb. 29 at home against Tuscola.