|49ers Blank Campbell, 3-0|
“It was a great performance by our team tonight,” Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. “I was happy with how our offense got going. We had good balance between our team defending and our offense. We got three great goals. We could have scored a couple more but Campbell had excellent goalkeeping tonight.”
Charlotte took an early lead when David Mayer passed to Giuseppe Gentile just inside the left corner of the box. Gentile then passed the ball across the box to Parker who put the ball into the back of the net from 15 yards out in the seventh minute. Parker’s goal was his first of the season and the third of his career.
Then, Charlotte made the score 2-0 after Tyler Gibson’s corner kick went into the box and was cleared out by a Campbell defender. Waechter corralled the clear out and blasted a shot into the upper left corner kick of the goal from 25 yards out in the 40th minute. Waechter’s goal was his second of the season.
Charlotte concluded their scoring when Will Mayhew headed in Gibson’s corner kick in the 63rd minute. Mayhew’s goal was his first of the season and the sixth of his career.
Charlotte finished the game with a 21-7 advantage in shots. Charlotte had 10 shots in the first half and 11 shots in the second half. Parker led the 49ers with five shots. Mayer and Monbo Bokar had three shots apiece. Gentile, Aidan Kirkbride and Anthony Perez each two shots for the 49ers.
In the 48th minute, Bokar nearly scored for the 49ers as he broke free inside the box but his shot was punched out of bounds by a diving save by Campbell goalkeeper Ethan Hall. Parker nearly scored a second goal but his shot was cleared off the line by a Campbell defender just 23 seconds after Bokar’s shot. Kirkbride had another great scoring chance for the 49ers in the 73rd minute but his shot that was blasted from about 18 yards out was cleared off the line by a Campbell defender.
Charlotte’s defense behind the play of goalkeepers Klay Davis and Austin Pack and defenders Waechter, Perez, Mayer, Thomas Allen, Biko Bradnock-Brennan and Nick Barnhorst was stout en route to recording the 49ers third shutout of the season.
Charlotte continues their four-game home stand when they play UCF at Transamerica Field, Tuesday, September 24 at 7 pm.