Charlotte, N.C. - Behind two goals by Jennings Rex, a goal by Kyle Parker and a stout defensive effort, the 16th -ranked Charlotte 49ers (8-3-2, A-10: 2-1-1) blanked La Salle (8-3-2, A-10: 2-1), 3-0, at Transamerica Field.
"A wonderful team performance today," Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. "We had a lot of shots on goal and scored three great goals. We limited a very good La Salle team to very few scoring chances. It was our third clean sheet in a row which gives me as much pleasure as scoring three goals."
The 49ers first goal came when Tyler Gibson blasted a shot from about 15 yards out off the cross bar. Rex corralled the ball and put it into the back of the net from about five yards out at the 44:40 mark of the match.
Then, Charlotte's second goal came off a great run down the right side of the field by Giuseppe Gentile who then crossed the ball across the mouth of the goal to Rex who put the ball into the back of the net at the 48:30 mark of the match. Rex's two goals were his second multiple goal scoring game of the season and his fourth multiple goal scoring game of his career. Rex leads the team with five goals. Rex's two goals in the game give him 15 for his career.
"Jennings has a knack for scoring goal," Langan said. "He has the ability to find the ball in the box and put it into the back of the net."
Charlotte's third goal came after the 49ers continued to put La Salle under tremendous pressure. The ball bounced around in the box, Owen Darby corralled the ball and headed it to Paker who put the ball into the back from 11 yards out at the 66:31 mark of the match. Parker's goal was the first of his career.
Charlotte finished the game with a 24-2 advantage in shots and a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal. Rex led the 49ers with six shots. Donnie Smith, Tyler Gibson and Thomas Allen tallied three shots apiece. Isaac Caughran and Dominic Bonilla added two shots apiece. Caughran had a great scoring chance in the 58th minute but his header was stopped at the last second by La Salle goalkeeper John McCarthy.
The 49ers defense behind the play of goalkeeper Klay Davis and defenders Allen, Anthony Perez, Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Aaron Weldon and Nick Barnhorst, David Mayer recorded their sixth shutout of the season and their third in a row.
Charlotte continues their four-game home stand when they play A-10 foe Massachusetts at Transamerica Field, Friday, October 19 at 7 pm.