Division champs start tournament with familiar foe
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 11/05/2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s soccer team enters the Conference USA Championships this week as the East Division champion. The 49ers will begin tournament action at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday when they face No. 5 East seed Marshall at Rice’s Holloway Stadium in Houston.

The two teams most recently met Oct. 25 in Charlotte with the Niners earning a 1-0 victory. Freshman Ari Reilley netted her first career goal early in the second half and senior Alex Kubrick stonewalled a penalty kick attempt by the Thundering Herd with 47 seconds left in regulation to preserve the shutout. It was senior night for Kubrick and her classmates, as the 49ers celebrated with their eighth clean sheet of the campaign.

Charlotte reached the 10-win plateau with its regular-season finale 3-1 triumph at Old Dominion Oct. 31. It marks the fourth time in head coach John Cullen’s five years the Niners have recorded double-digit victories. The 49ers are 10-6-2 overall entering Wednesday’s contest.

Junior Amanda Jones and sophomore Monica Trickett were tabbed to the All-Conference USA Second Team, as announced Monday by the league office. Redshirt freshman Nicole Anderson garnered All-Conference USA Freshman Team accolades.

Marshall improved to 10-6-3 following its victory Monday night over the host Owls. It was the first postseason win in Thundering Herd history.

Charlotte owns a 2-0 all-time series lead against Marshall following this year’s triumph. The 49ers also posted a victory during a 2005 non-conference tilt. Wednesday’s matchup will be the first in the series at a neutral site.

The Niners are 10-7-4 all-time in the Conference USA Championships, having claimed tournament crowns in 1995 and 1998. The 1998 title resulted in an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, the first in school history.

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