BOCA RATON, FL – Behind an offensive explosion and another stellar defensive effort, the Charlotte 49ers (7-5-3, C-USA: 2-3-2) cruised past Conference USA foe Florida Atlantic (6-5-2), 6-0, on the road for their third straight win. The 49ers six goal margin of victory is Charlotte’s largest margin of victory since a 6-0 win over George Washington, October 9, 2009.
“Fantastic performance tonight by our team,” Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. “This was a complete squad victory. We had scoring chances early in game and we scored on those chances. I was pleased that when guys checked into the game our tempo and energy continued to go up. I am really proud of our guys. We are playing our best soccer of the season. We will rest up tonight and then start getting ready for Marshall on Saturday.”
In the 15th minute, Charlotte took a 1-0 lead after Nick Barnhorst passed the ball to Giuseppe Gentile who beat the keeper with a shot into the back of the net for the game’s first goal. Gentile’s goal was his sixth of the season and the 25th of his career.
In the 42nd minute, Kyle Parker scored his seventh goal of the season off a Han Honer assist pushing the 49ers lead to 2-0.
In the 50th minute, Charlotte’s David Mayer broke free down the left side of the field and but a beautiful shot into the back of the net for his first career goal.
In the 60th minute, Parker passed the ball to Brandt Bronico who took the ball down the left side of the field and blasted a shot across the mouth of the goal into the back of the net near the far post. Bronico’s goal was his first career goal.
In the 63rd minute, Honer was fouled in the box creating a penalty kick. Tyler Gibson converted on the penalty kick for his second goal of the season. This marked the second straight game that Gibson has scored on a penalty kick.
In the 65th minute, Mayer crossed the ball toward the goal. Then, Parker headed Mayer’s cross into the back of the net for his second goal of the game and the eighth goal of the season. Parker has now scored 10 career goals.
Goalkeepers Klay Davis and Nick Hensley combined to record the 49ers seventh shutout of the season. Davis played the first 80 minutes. Then, Hensley saw his first career action when he closed out the 49ers shutout playing the final 9:15 in goal for the 49ers.
Charlotte returns home to Transamerica Field to play Conference USA foe Marshall in their final regular-season home game, Saturday, November 2 at 7 pm. Prior to the game, the 49ers will honor seniors Thomas Allen, Klay Davis, Tyler Gibson, Aidan Kirkbride, Will Mayhew, Anthony Perez and Chase Johnston who will be playing in their final regular-season home game.