N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team will take the field for seven
matches this spring, including three on-campus, as it begins preparations for
its first season of Conference USA in the fall.
"I'm excited for our team this coming spring," head
coach John Cullen said. "First and foremost, it's a chance to get back on
the field and start playing once again, which is always the exciting portion of
the spring season. As a coaching staff, we are eager to watch the newly
appointed captains develop their leadership skills on and off the field.
have two main focus points this spring. Those are looking to see the team play
with a higher tempo and defend higher up the field. That will take a great
deal of communication and understanding, and that will be the part of the
spring season where we will be looking for progress from one game to another. It takes
time to develop new principles and we will be looking to see improvement from
game to game.
have a high volume of games, and in some cases back-to-back games,
which certainly will test our fitness levels, too.
there are lots of areas to evaluate throughout the spring,
but more importantly, the opportunity to get the players back on the
field playing once again is the real highlight of any spring season."
The Niners begin the slate at 7 p.m. Thursday by playing host to Catawba in
their only contest to be played in March.
Charlotte will then travel to Columbia, S.C., for a doubleheader April 7. The
49ers will start the day by squaring off against South Carolina at Noon before
meeting Coastal Carolina in a neutral-site game at 1:30 p.m.
A return to Transamerica Field is next on the docket for the Niners, as they
welcome Furman to town for a 7 p.m. start April 11.
A quick turnaround for two matches the next day will pit Charlotte in
doubleheader action again, this time at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in
Rock Hill, S.C., against USC Upstate and Winthrop. The two matches are
scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.
The 49ers conclude the spring calendar by playing host to Appalachian State at
6:30 p.m. April 19 on the Charlotte practice field.
Admission to all home spring matches is free.
Charlotte 49ers women's soccer spring schedule
March 21 - Catawba (Transamerica Field)
- 7 p.m.
April 7 - at South Carolina - Noon
April 7 - vs. Coastal Carolina^ - 1:30 p.m.
April 11 - Furman (Transamerica Field) -
April 12 - vs. USC Upstate# - 4:30 p.m.
April 12 - vs. Winthrop# - 9 p.m.
April 19 - Appalachian State (Practice
Field) - 6:30 p.m.
^ - in Columbia, S.C.
# - in Rock Hill, S.C., at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex
matches are at home