|Niners drop match in return to home turf|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team played its first home game in nearly a month but the result was not what it would have preferred, falling 1-0 to longtime foe Saint Louis, Friday evening at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C.
The Billikens tallied the match's only score in the 56th minute after a hard-fought scoreless opening period between the two foes, who were playing their 18th all-time meeting. The 18 contests equal the most by a single opponent in Charlotte (10-6-2, 4-3-1 A-10) history.
Kailey Pretzlaff sprinted down the left flank with possession before sending a cross to Jessie Jarrett. Jarrett collected the ball at her feet and fired a 20-footer through the Niner defense and past goalkeeper Annika McHenry at 55:25 to decide the final outcome.
The 49ers had plenty of chances on the evening to put a marker for themselves on the scoreboard, including back-to-back Sarah Ann Waugh attempts early in the first half. Waugh's second shot, from 25 yards away, skimmed off the right post just wide.
All in all, Charlotte held an 11-to-5 shot advantage against Saint Louis (5-8-4, 3-3-2 A-10) but Billiken goalkeeper Katie Walsh turned away six in the shutout.
The 49ers will look to close out the regular season on a high note with the final match before the Atlantic 10 Championships next week. Charlotte will play host to league newcomer Butler at 1 p.m. Sunday on Senior Day. A brief ceremony honoring the on and off the field accomplishments of this year's class, including Carrie Dail, Lacey McGowan and Lena Suarez, will take place before the start of the contest.