CHARLOTTE, N.C. -
The Charlotte women's soccer
team poured home a season-best six goals, splitting the half dozen into the two
periods, as it closed the non-conference schedule with a 6-0 triumph over
Francis Marion Tuesday night at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C. It marked
the program's most goals in a game since Oct. 31, 2010, at Temple in a 7-0
"I think we looked very excited to play tonight," head coach John Cullen
looked fresh and enthusiastic. It was a fantastic performance and puts us in
good position heading into conference. For the most part, there's a lot of pluses
and positives out of this tonight."
The 49ers jumped out in front with three strikes before the intermission, as
some of the team's leading scorers got in the action.
The barrage in front of the Patriot net started at 8:58 when Amanda Jones
a cross into the six-yard box, which found the head of Taylor Rovito
Charlotte the 1-0 lead. The pair combined for the previous 49er tally in the
last match the same way, a 2-1 road overtime win at James Madison Sept. 16.
Charlotte (6-3-1) continued to get chances at the Francis Marion cage and
made it a two-goal difference just over seven minutes later. She
ripped home a blast from the top of the 18-yard box, skimming the underside of
the crossbar at 15:43 to raise the score to 2-0.
The final goal of the stanza came at 31:00, as Jennifer Lee
sent a long pass to
the feet of Amanda Jones
, who redirected it home from 10 yards out past Patriot
keeper Taylor O'Berry for a 3-0 49er edge. Charlotte concluded the period with
a 14-2 shot advantage and 7-1 lead in the corner kicks category.
The 49ers began the second half by playing most of their reserves despite only
holding the three-goal cushion. Meanwhile, Francis Marion (5-5-1) was able to get
more looks at the cage against Charlotte netminder Annika McHenry
, who entered
the game in the sixth minute as a substitution for starter Alex Kubrick
McHenry, however, stood tall and finished with four saves, including a
first-half stop by punching the ball over the crossbar on a Yasmin Bunter
With most of the reserves on the field, the 49ers controlled possession and
were unable to place the ball between the pipes again until most of the
starters returned to action. Two of the team's three scores in the frame were
tallied by freshmen, their first collegiate goals.
Starting the surge was Maddie Kiebel
, recording her initial score. Fellow
rookie Monica Trickett
fed the ball to Kiebel, who then sent a hard shot to the
lower left corner uncontested at 78:27 to push the Charlotte advantage to 4-0.
Just over a minute later, Kiebel was on the helping end. Standing near the 49er
bench, she sent a pass to Dail, who one-timed it into the net from 35 yards out
high over O'Berry's hands for a 5-0 score at 79:40.
It didn't take long for Charlotte to put a cap on its scoring, as at 80:19, Trickett
started a run towards the middle of the field before turning and knocking in a
30-yarder to decide the final outcome.
Twenty-four total 49ers saw action Tuesday night, including the first
collegiate playing time for Trickett, Rebecca Forcellini
, Caitlin Donovan
Charlotte will return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when it opens the Atlantic 10
schedule by playing host to league newcomer VCU at Transamerica Field. It will
be Youth Club Night, with free admission to youth 17 and under.
Also, an end zone tailgate for youth and their families with hot dogs and
hamburgers will be grilled pre-game and available while supplies last. Water
bottles, with the 49ers logo, will be distributed at the gates on a first-come,
first-serve basis, while supplies last.
It's also Alumni Weekend and all alumnae will be recognized prior to the game.
The University is also sponsoring Family Weekend with students and families
participating attending the action.