PITTSBURGH, PA - On an overtime goal from senior Oni Bernard, the Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team came away with a dramatic road victory over conference foe Duquesne. With the win, the Niners improve to 5-7-4 on the season and 2-2-1 in the Atlantic 10. The Dukes fall to 3-10-1 overall and 2-3-0 in the conference.
With the score knotted at 0-0, Bernard caught a breakaway on the left side, firing in the game-winner just over five minutes into overtime. Her fourth marker of the season gave the 49ers a much-needed tick in the win column of the A10 standings.
"It was a very important win for us," head coach John Cullen said after the game. "It keeps us in the mix going into the last couple games of conference play. To come back from a conference road trip with a draw and a win in conference means it's been a good weekend, and we'll look forward to senior weekend next weekend."
Charlotte's Taylor Rovito led the offensive charge in the first half, recording her team's first two shots on goal in the sixth and 11th minutes. Jonna Handra made a nice attempt on net in the 33rd minute, but a defensive save was made by Duquesne.
In the overtime period, Handra recorded a single shot in the 94th minute, a wide attempt, before Bernard's goal ended the match.
Charlotte held an 18-14 shot advantage in the game, while Duquesne had a 4-2 edge in corners. Taylor Rovito led the 49ers with four shots, while Jonna Handra and Macky Wingo had three apiece. Duquesne's Katie Rust led the home team with four tries.
Sophomore keeper Alex Kubrick had five saves in the shutout victory, including four in the first half. This marks her fourth win and also fourth shutout of the season. Szalwinski made eight stops for the Dukes.
Charlotte will continue its conference schedule next weekend, facing unbeaten LaSalle on Friday night (7pm) and Fordham on Sunday afternoon (1pm) on Senior Day.