|Back to the road for 49ers women’s soccer|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte women's soccer team will return to the road with a road swing through the Eastern part of the state this weekend, as it faces UNC Wilmington Friday and East Carolina Sunday.
"UNC Wilmington is a good squad and they have played a very tough opening schedule against all ACC schools, playing some good competition," assistant coach Robert Lane said. "We know they will be very prepared to play us. It looks as though they will be organized and highly disciplined. It should be a great competitive match for us.
"East Carolina, same thing, competitive schedule. They went up and got a good result against Old Dominion and played a great squad in Notre Dame. Both teams will be looking forward to playing us. It's always a competitive, in-state rivalry amongst the three of us."
Charlotte enters the weekend having split its two matches at Transamerica Field last week, picking up a 1-0 triumph over Western Carolina before dropping a 2-0 decision to No. 5/7 Wake Forest Sunday afternoon. The 49ers, currently No. 6 in the latest NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region poll, are tied for fifth in the conference with six points thus far this season.
"Practice this week has been good. We had a good recovery session Monday and took Tuesday off. We used Wednesday to build what we might see over the weekend. Hopefully, we continue to get better about who we are and what we do. We feel good about the direction in which we are headed and just trying to stay positive and continue to get better every day."
Sophomore Sara Trexler continues to pace the squad with two goals, tallying the game winner in both of Charlotte's victories. Classmate Amanda Jones is the only other player to score through the opening three contests; although, the defense has matched the effort by standing tall and allowing just one second-half goal thus far.
UNC Wilmington owns a 0-2-1 ledger entering Friday's matchup, having faced three nationally-ranked ACC opponents. The tie came against Wake Forest at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. The Seahawks also faced North Carolina an exhibition contest and pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Tar Heels.
East Carolina has opened its campaign with a 1-2 record, with the lone win at home against Old Dominion. The Pirates will play host to Davidson Friday night before welcoming the 49ers to town.
Live stats for both matches, in addition to live video for the ECU contest, is available through links on Charlotte49ers.com. In-game twitter updates are also available by following @49erGameDay.