|Women's Soccer Faces La Salle in A-10 Semis Tonight|
The 49ers women's soccer team reeled off six straight wins to close the regular-season and claim a share of the Atlantic 10 Championship. And facing a final weekend in which they needed to not only win to secure that A-10 co-championship, but win big in order to take over the top seed, Charlotte did just that. They defeated Saint Joseph's 5-1 and Temple, 7-0 both on the road.
Tonight, the top-seeded 49ers take on sixth-seeded LaSalle at 5:00 p.m. in the A-10 semifinals at Rhode Island. La Salle defeated third-seeded Duquesne, 2-1 in the first round.
NSCAA National Player of the Week Macky Wingo leads the 49ers with nine goals while all-time leading scorer Whitney Weinraub has scored eight goals. The two share the team lead with 22 points.
The 49ers, who have outscored opponents 18-1 during the six-game win streak, have posted nine shutouts this season and own a miniscule 0.68 goals against average.
In addition to the offensive heroics of Wingo, who scored five goals during the final weekend and Weinraub, who has 39 career goals, senior defender Megan Minnix was named the A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year in women's soccer. She follows in the footsteps of sisters Hailey Beam (2008, 2009) and Lindsey Ozimek (2007) to give the 49ers that prestigious award-winner in each of the last four years.
Minnix and Weinraub were joined on the all-Atlantic 10 first-team by senior midfielder Sam Huecker while Wingo earned second-team honors.
Tonight, the 49ers take on La Salle with a chance to advance to the A-10 Championship game. The 49ers were ousted in the A-10 title game, last year, by Dayton.