Dayton, OH - The sixth-seed Charlotte 49ers saw their season end with a 4-0 loss to third-seed Dayton on the road in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
"I was proud of the heart and commitment we played with for a large portion of tonight's game," Charlotte coach John Cullen said. "Dayton took control of the game with a crazy few minute stretch in the first half. I would like to thank the seniors for their hard work and commitment to the 49ers women's soccer program over the last four years. Our young team has really grown this season. I saw a lot of encouraging signs that our team can build upon beginning this spring."
Dayton's Kelsey Smigel chipped a through ball from Emily Kenyon past Charlotte keeper Alex Kubrick in the 32nd minute for the game's first goal. Three minutes later Juliana Libertin scored on a rebound following a header off the crossbar by Colleen Williams giving Dayton a 2-0 lead.
Smigel scored her second goal of the game, again on a chip shot, following a pass from Williams in the 35th minute. Williams scored a goal of her own in the 43rd minute after a pass from senior Josie Grant.
The 49ers played tough defense in the second half, making five saves including a penalty kick stop by 49ers goalkeeper Natalie LaVigne.
The 49ers finish the season at 7-10-4 overall.