CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Senior Carrie Dail continued her
outstanding week of play with her second-straight game winning goal, this time
in overtime, as the Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team rallied for a 2-1 victory
over North Florida Friday night at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C.
Dail, who netted the game winner in Monday's rescheduled match at East Carolina, put away the game winner just over a minute into the second extra frame. Sophomore Jessica Ryan dribbled through the Osprey defense and poked the ball ahead to a streaking Dail running down the middle of the field. She received the ball in-stride and sent a low shot underneath a charging Brittany Hahn from the UNF cage for the clincher at 101:14.
"I think this young team is starting to show a lot of good signs in terms of maturity," head coach John Cullen said. "Whether it's resilience, perseverance or just good character. I'm very proud of our girls because as a young team, it's easy for the heads to sag and the shoulders to drop but we got after them and they responded well."
Dail's winner came after she helped Charlotte (4-2) knot the scoring during the second half. Finding themselves down one at the intermission, the 49ers came out refocused and with renewed energy during the second 45 minutes.
She took the ball down the right side, almost to the end line, before crossing it back towards the 18-yard box. Waiting for the pass was sophomore Amanda Jones, who headed it over a diving Hahn at the near post for the equalizer at 50:59. It would be just one of two shots for Charlotte in the period, and one of only a half dozen for the match, as North Florida (2-5) won the shot battle, 12-6.
The Ospreys jumped out in front at 38:27 when Michele Larrinaga corralled a loose ball on the left side the cage following a UNF corner kick. She then quickly passed it to Kathryne Husted, who fired it home past 49er keeper Alex Kubrick to put the visitors on top, 1-0.
Charlotte played stout defense throughout the match, denying chances, and keeping its opponent to one goal or less for the fourth time in six contests to open the campaign.
The 49ers will be back in action when they play host to Clemson at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Tigers tied Davidson, 1-1, Friday night and bring a 5-1-1 record into the contest.