|Shutout keeps 49ers unbeaten in A-10 play|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four saves by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Annika McHenry and a goal in each half provided the difference Sunday afternoon, as the Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team earned a 2-0 shutout victory over Richmond at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C.
McHenry, who is seeing her first collegiate action this fall, picked up her first solo clean sheet by keeping the visiting Spiders off the board and improving the 49ers' ledger to 8-3-1, 2-0 in the Atlantic 10. Charlotte has allowed just one score in its last four games, dating back to Sept. 16.
While she and the 49er defense played stout defense, including holding off a more aggressive second half Richmond (5-6, 1-1 A-10) attack, it was the Niners offensive efforts that provided the winning margin.
"It was a great weekend," head coach John Cullen said. "It was important for us to do a lot of good things at home this weekend. We have played two very excellent teams, excellent sides in VCU and Richmond.
"I am super proud of this young team. We are growing in stature every game and have shown good qualities, including consistency which is important. But, to win two games in conference against the quality of opponents that we faced, we couldn't be more proud of our players."
Charlotte jumped out in front at 22:45 when senior Carrie Dail ripped a hard shot from the top of the 18-yard box through the Spider defense and netminder Andrea Young to give her team the 1-0 advantage. The score was Dail's fifth of the year, tying her with sophomore Amanda Jones for the team lead, while she moved to the top of the squad standings with her third game winner.
Despite a controlled offensive push during the opening 45 minutes, it would be the only marker on the board as the teams entered halftime.
Neither team found the back of the net again until the 49ers broke through at 77:11 to provide the two-goal cushion. Dail was on the helping end this time, setting up freshman Alex Meyers' inaugural collegiate score. She fed the ball to Meyers, who was standing 15 yards from the goal line. Meyers then turned and placed it high above Young for an insurance tally.
Charlotte held Richmond's leading scorer and the 2011 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, Becca Wann, to just two shots on the day.
Jones paced the Niners with three shots, while Meyers and senior Lena Suarez each posted a pair.
Charlotte now hits the road for five-straight Atlantic 10 matchups, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday in Washington, D.C., against George Washington.