CHARLOTTE, N.C. -
The Charlotte 49ers battled to
a scoreless opening 45 minutes but an early second-half strike by the visiting Wildcats provided
the only mark on the board, as Davidson claimed a 1-0 win at Transamerica Field
Thursday night in the battle of cross-county rivals.
"It's always a close game between us," head coach John Cullen
said. "You can
tell the way the game was going in the early stages that the first goal was
going to be crucial. I thought Davidson had a spell where it was on top, and we
had a spell where we were on top. We've looked very good in practice and
trained very well. We were prepared and excited about the game but there was
some nervous energy from this young team tonight. We have to stop falling a
goal down and coming back to win games. It puts a lot of stress on the team to
keep having to chase the game."
The Wildcats broke through at 52:52 when Rachael Newmister sent a cross from
the left-side of the box to the top arc, locating Becca Fisher. Fisher then
redirected the pass with her head over Charlotte (4-3-1) goalkeeper Alex
to break the drought for both teams.
The 49ers had chances throughout to find the equalizer, including a flurry of
three-straight shots which lead to a corner kick; however, none of the
opportunities proved fruitful as the Davidson (2-3-2) defense and netminder
Rachel Locke preserved the shutout.
Charlotte looked the capitalize on one late chance, as Sarah Ann Waugh
corner kick with just under a minute left towards the cage. No 49er was able to
run onto the swing pass and the Wildcats cleared the ball to midfield, killing
the remainder of the clock.
paced Charlotte with four shots, while Fisher topped Davidson with
a trio of attempts. Kubrick collected six saves in net with Locke earning the
shutout by stopping five 49er shots.
Charlotte returns to action in its final road non-conference match of the
campaign at 1 p.m. Sunday, as it travels to Harrisonburg, Va., to square off
against James Madison.