|Niners prepped for Thursday showdown at Liberty|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The season-opening five-match road swing will continue Thursday afternoon for the Charlotte women’s soccer program, as it travels to Lynchburg, Virginia, for a 4 o’clock start at Liberty. The 49ers have already played three away contests and will wrap up the stretch away from Transamerica Field this weekend before making their home debut in two weeks.
Charlotte is looking to get back on track after falling in both of its road games over the weekend to Coastal Carolina and UNC Wilmington Friday and Sunday, respectively, to drop to 1-2 on the young season. The Niners, who were tabbed as the preseason Conference USA favorites, have netted more than one goal in only one match this season, in Sunday’s setback to UNCW.
Sophomore Perri Bonner tallied two goals over the course of the weekend, vaulting her atop the team listings. Her pair of scores gives her five in her career.
Also with five career goals is junior Alex Meyers, who added one Sunday against the Seahawks late in regulation.
Liberty is also off to a 1-2 start this year, having lost its last two outings to UNC Greensboro and in overtime at Appalachian State.
The Flames are putting up similar numbers to the Niners with Crystal Elmers leading the pack with two scores, including the game winner in the season opener at Old Dominion.
Thursday’s contest opens a four-game home stand for head coach Jessica Hain’s squad, as it will also play host to George Washington, Davidson and George Mason before the start of Big South play.
The Flames, who advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the Big South tournament crown, were a unanimous choice to finish first in the league race this fall.
The two teams have met only two times previously, including most recently in the 2013 season opener at Transamerica Field. All-Conference USA selection Amanda Jones’ goal with 2:04 remaining in the second overtime lifted Charlotte to a 1-0 win.
The only other previous matchup was in the first game of the 49ers’ program, Sept. 3, 1994, with Charlotte prevailing 5-0 in Lynchburg.
Live stats are available for the contest (HERE) or updates will be provided on Twitter by following @49erGameDay.