|Atlantic 10 Tourney berth for 49ers despite loss|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team surrendered a goal with two minutes left in the second overtime Sunday afternoon to fall to Atlantic 10 newcomer Butler 1-0 on Senior Day at Transamerica Field. Despite the setback, the Niners earned a spot in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championships.
Charlotte (10-7-2, 4-4-1 A-10) unofficially made the conference tournament by a variety of tiebreakers after it finished in a three-way tie with Massachusetts and Richmond for the No. 7 and 8 seeds. The 49ers are slated to be the No. 8 seed and will face regular-season champion La Salle in Thursday's opening round.
The Bulldogs, in their first season as a member of the conference, took advantage of just one of three shots during the extra period to clinch the victory. Sophia Maccagnone collected a loose ball and fired an attempt past 49ers goalkeeper Alex Kubrick from the top of the 18-yard box at 108:00. Rachael Melendez and Randi DeLong were credited with the assists.
Charlotte had two apparent goals during regulation but both were called back due to offside calls. The first came just before the opening period ended, in the 43rd minute, while the second was in the 73rd minute. Despite both scores being called off, the Niners kept fighting until the end, totaling an 18-8 shot advantage against Butler (11-4-4, 5-1-3 A-10).
Carrie Dail, in her final home match as a member of the Charlotte squad, led all players with six shots, while fellow seniors Lacey McGowan and Lena Suarez also had chances to put the ball between the pipes.
Maccagnone and Mary Allen paced the Bulldogs with two shots apiece. Julie Burton was forced to make just two saves in the cage in the shutout, one-half of the amount stopped by Kubrick.
The 49ers will continue their season in the Atlantic 10 Championships opening round as the No. 8 seed against La Salle. The Explorers captured a 2-1 victory in the regular-season meeting, Oct. 14, in Philadelphia. The tournament will be held in Kingston, R.I., on the Rhode Island campus.