|Niners continue road swing with another pair|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers women's soccer returns to the road for another pair of matches this weekend, as it heads to Bronx, N.Y., for a Friday meeting with Fordham and then Philadelphia for a Sunday contest against fellow league unbeaten La Salle.
"Again, two tremendous opponents waiting for us," head coach John Cullen said. "Anytime you go on the road, you have to deal with all the elements. I think each game presents a different challenge. Both schools are in the top half of the A-10. We expect two highly competitive games, which you always expect this time of year. Once we get into conference season, all these games are very close. Hopefully we can go and get two more positive results this weekend."
Charlotte is seventh in this week's NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Poll and enters the weekend as one of just two unbeatens across the conference, joining La Salle. The 49ers are 9-3-1 overall with a current five-game winning streak and 3-0 against Atlantic 10 competition following Saturday's 4-2 victory at George Washington.
The five-game run is the program's longest since 2010.
Sophomore Amanda Jones and senior Carrie Dail pace the squad with six and five goals, respectively. The tandem has combined for four of the team's game-winning goals, including a high of three from Dail.
Fordham brings a 6-8 overall and 2-2 league ledger into the match. The Rams started A-10 play with a pair of wins before dropping their contests last weekend to VCU and Richmond on the road. The two setbacks snapped a four-game streak.
Kristina Maksuti tops coach Ness Selmani's team with four goals and 10 points.
La Salle, currently ranked second in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Poll and receiving votes in the national poll, carries a 10-3 overall and 4-0 league record. The Explorers will start their weekend by playing host to George Washington Friday before welcoming the Niners to town.
The high-scoring offense is led by Kelsey Haycook with her seven goals and 18 points. She is one of three players, along with Renee Washington and Anna Dolhansky, with double-digit points thus far this season for head coach Paul Royal.
Live stats and video will be available for both games via links on Charlotte49ers.com. In-game updates can also be obtained by following @49erGameDay on Twitter.