CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
The Charlotte women’s soccer team will travel for a pair of away matches this weekend for its first extended road trip of the season. The 49ers open the stretch by facing Virginia Tech at 5 p.m. Friday in Blacksburg, Va., before returning to the state and squaring off against Western Carolina in Cullowhee, N.C., at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Charlotte has not played in nearly two weeks, since earning a 2-1 victory over Gardner-Webb Aug. 27. The win, which improved the Niners’ record to 3-0, capped a season-opening three-game homestand. Charlotte was slated to begin its road schedule Sunday at Elon; however, lightning and inclement weather forced the contest to be cancelled.
Junior Amanda Jones
, a member of the Aug. 27 TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week, paces the squad with two goals. SarahAnn Waugh
and Sara Trexler
have also netted scores in the unbeaten start.
Defensively, the 49ers have allowed just one goal with goalkeeper Alex Kubrick
, the Aug. 26 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week, registering back-to-back shutouts to open the campaign.
Virginia Tech brings a 3-0-1 ledger into Friday’s matchup, most recently knocking off North Texas, another C-USA opponent, 4-2 at last weekend’s Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Hokies are receiving votes in this week’s NSCAA national poll and are tied for No. 7 in the organization’s Southeast Region rankings.
Charlotte owns a 3-1-1 all-time record against the ACC school, though the teams have not faced each other since 2008, making Friday’s tilt the first under head coach John Cullen
. The 49ers closed their first season of competition, 1994, with a 2-0 home triumph over the Hokies.
Western Carolina carries a 3-1 mark into Sunday’s contest and will not play again before meeting the Niners. The Catamounts won their first three games of the season before dropping a 2-1 double-overtime decision at East Carolina Monday in the ECU Soccer Tournament.
Charlotte leads the series with WCU 2-0 following last year’s 1-0 triumph in the home opener, Aug. 24, at Transamerica Field. The first win over the Catamounts was also at home, a 2-0 victory Sept. 23, 2007.
Live stats for Friday plus live stats and video for Sunday’s contest are available with links on the women’s soccer schedule page on Charlotte49ers.com. Updates for both matches can also be found on Twitter by following @49erGameDay.