|Niners remain on top with fifth-straight win|
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three first half goals provided an early cushion and the Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team never looked back in claiming its fifth-straight victory to remain in a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 4-2 triumph Saturday afternoon at George Washington in Washington, D.C.
The fifth-straight win is the longest for the program since it captured seven in a row from October 10 through November 5, 2010. The 49ers have matched La Salle as the lone remaining unbeatens for the best record in the conference, at 3-0 and nine points, through Saturday's action. Overall, Charlotte improves to 9-3-1, one victory shy of its third double-digit win campaign in head coach John Cullen's four seasons.
The scoring started at 11:17 when Lena Suarez registered her first tally since 2009 by slipping a shot past Colonial goalkeeper Shannon Murphy with an attempt to the upper left corner from 18 yards away.
Just over eight minutes later, the 49ers found themselves ahead, 2-0, as Carrie Dail fed Jennifer Lee for a 25-footer to the opposite high corner. It marked Lee's first collegiate score at 19:51.
Charlotte struck one more time before intermission when Alex Meyers headed home a long cross from Amanda Jones at the 36:03 mark. The three-goal advantage remained through the duration of the half, as the 49ers held 10-3 shot and 4-2 corner kick leads after the opening 45 minutes.
George Washington (4-7-1, 0-3 A-10) finally entered the scoring column itself at 59:19 when Samie Cloutier booted her 20-foot attempt past 49er keeper Annika McHenry to close the margin to two, 3-1.
Jones increased the Colonial deficit back to three with her team-leading sixth goal of the campaign at 74:15. She recorded the second score of the afternoon for Charlotte on a header, redirecting a Dakota Olson pass.
Molly Bruh set up Adriana Moya for the match's final goal at 79:38 to decide the final outcome, as Moya went around McHenry for the score.
The contest was the lone action during the weekend for the 49ers. They will return to the field at 7 p.m. Friday at Fordham in Bronx, N.Y., for the second of a five-game road swing through the conference.