CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Behind a stellar defensive effort and an opportune goal, the Charlotte 49ers (5-5-3, C-USA: 1-3-2) defeated Kentucky (4-7-1, C-USA: 1-2-1), 1-0, in Conference USA action at Transamerica Field.
The 49ers wore yellow jerseys in support of childhood cancer research. The 49ers auctioned off the jerseys and all the proceeds went to Levine’s Children’s Hospital. The jersey auctioned raised over $1,100.
“We have been playing very well, flowing and playing attractive soccer,” Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. “Kentucky came in with a good game plan, made it a bit scrappy. It made it hard for us to pass and get going. I was proud of the guys the way they dug it out and defended their box fantastic. We broke excellently in the second half. It was an own goal but it was great attacking movement from us. Our goals are still ahead of us. Our challenges and opportunities are still ahead of us. Thomas Allen, Anthony Perez, Biko Bradnock-Brennan and Luke Waechter were incredible for us at the back. We have a great squad here, every one of them doing a great job for us.”
The game’s only goal came when Giuseppe Gentile made a run down the right side of the field with the ball he got near the end line. He crossed the ball and Kentucky’s Napo Matsoso attempted to clear the ball but he kicked the ball into the Kentucky goal for an own goal in the 47th minute.
Charlotte’s defense was stellar the entire game as the 49ers limited Kentucky to seven shots and only two shots on the goal. The 49ers defense recorded their sixth shutout of the season. Charlotte goalkeeper Klay Davis recorded his26th career shutout.
Charlotte finished the game with a 16-7 advantage in shots and an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. Brandt Bronico led the 49ers with four shots. Gentile tallied three shots. Will Mayhew, Kyle Parker and Monbo Bokar tallied two shots apiece for the 49ers.
In the 38th minute, the 49ers had a great scoring chance but Bronico’s shot was stopped by a diving save by Kentucky goalkeeper Callum Irving. In the 63rd minute, Bronico had another great scoring chance but his shot was stopped by Kentucky’s Irving at the last second. Just 14 seconds after Bronico’s shot, Mayhew headed the ball just over the cross bar. In the73rd minute, Aidan Kirkbride nearly scored but he headed the ball just over the cross bar.
Up next for the 49ers, is non-conference game at Transamerica Field against ninth-ranked Clemson, Tuesday, October 22 at 7 pm.