|Senior night highlights final home weekend|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s soccer program will close its home schedule this weekend with a pair of Conference USA matches at Transamerica Field, both coming against East Division foes. The set opens with a Senior Night contest at 7 Friday against Marshall before Florida Atlantic arrives in town for a 1 p.m. Sunday meeting.
The 49ers will recognize the accomplishments of this year’s senior class of Alex Kubrick, Brooke Mulloy, Dakota Olson and SarahAnn Waugh in addition to graduating junior Dana Robertson prior to the start of Friday’s game. Charlotte fans are encouraged to arrive early and help give this quintet the support it has enjoyed from Niner Nation throughout their careers.
By accumulating 11 points in conference play with their 3-2-2 league mark, the Niners find themselves in second place of the East Division entering the weekend. Charlotte is 8-5-2 overall and trails FIU by a single point entering the final two weeks of the regular season.
The 49ers enter Friday’s contest following a week off, having last played Friday when they knocked off UAB 1-0 in double overtime behind junior Amanda Jones’ third game winner of the season. She now has extended her team-leading goal total to six, while also topping the squad with 14 points, 41 shots and 22 shots on goal.
Sophomore Maddie Kiebel continues to pace the team with her four assists. She is one of six players with multiple assists this fall. She ranks second on the team with 29 shots and 15 attempts on goal, trailing only Jones in both categories.
Defensively, Charlotte has a collective team goals-against average of 1.00 following its seventh shutout of the campaign Friday. Kubrick has four of those clean sheets to her credit, lowering her GAA to 0.87 with 44 saves and an 83.0 save percentage.
Nipping at the 49ers heels is Marshall, with 10 points and a 3-3-1 ledger, is tied with UAB for third place in the division. The Thundering Herd has matched the Niners’ overall record at 8-5-2 through 15 games.
Marshall has won three of its last four, including an overtime victory over Middle Tennessee Sunday. Myka DeMarco paces head coach Kevin Long’s squad with five goals and 12 points, while Erin Simmons and Kristine Culicerto have each tallied three scores.
Lizzie Kish is the only netminder to see action this fall, registering a 0.70 goals-against average with eight shutouts and 50 saves.
Charlotte owns a 1-0 lead in the all-time series, claiming a 2-1 home triumph in the non-conference finale during the 2005 season.
Florida Atlantic enters the weekend with a 3-9-4 overall mark and 1-3-3 record in Conference USA for six points. The Owls are in seventh place of the East Division and will play host to FIU Friday night before making the trek to the Queen City.
Head coach Patrick Baker’s squad features leading scorer Claire Emslie on offense. She has tallied four goals, while three others have posted two scores apiece.
Courtney Zwetsch has been the team’s lone goalkeeper, recording a 1.18 goals-against average with five shutouts and 63 saves this fall.
Sunday’s contest will mark the inaugural meeting between the two schools.
All of the weekend’s action can be accessed by watching live video and live stats on Charlotte49ers.com or via Twitter by following @49erGameDay for updates.