|Charlotte falls to Georgetown in NCAA Tournament|
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 23rd-ranked Charlotte men's soccer team saw its 2012 season come to an end after falling to 6th-ranked Georgetown, 1-0 at North Kehoe Field, Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
It was the first meeting between both teams in a lively match but sixth-seeded Georgetown (18-3-1) capitalized off a corner kick in the 43rd minute. Freshman Brandon Allen netted his 14th goal that flicked from the near post off the corner kick. Steve Neumann recorded his 12th assist of the season off Allen's goal. Keegan Rosenberry was also credited on the assist.
After a scrappy first half in which both teams fought for possession, Charlotte led the offensive attack in the second half.
Charlotte (15-4-3) took six of its eight shots in the second half but the Hoya's defense remained firm to keep the 49ers off the board. Klay Davis recorded one save in the match.
The Hoyas also registered eight shots. Goalie Tomas Perez tallied two saves.
"It took us a while to figure out what type of game it was going to be," Charlotte head coach Kevin Langan said. "The goals just didn't fall for us today but it wasn't because it was a lack of effort. The guys were incredible."
When mentioning the Charlotte 49ers, it's imperative to point out their impeccable senior class. The careers of Jennings Rex, Donnie Smith, Isaac Caughran, Owen Darby, and Aaron Weldon have surely been an addition and helped with the advancement of the program.
Rex ended the season with a team-leading 11 goals. He also recorded 23 points. Smith finished with four goals and four assists. Smith was also named Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year. Caughran recorded six assists and one goal in his final season while Darby finished with two goals and two assists. Weldon was named to the first team All-Atlantic 10 first team and has been instrumental for the 49ers in a backfield that recorded eight shutouts during the season.
"These five seniors have been a phenomenal group of players," Langan said. "They've completely transformed this program and they leave behind a great tradition of success."
Charlotte is now 7-6-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Their season includes being nationally-ranked all year along with several individual accolades and honors.
"It's been an amazing season," Langan said. "Winning 15 collegiate games and finishing as the A-10 regular season champs, especially with the conference being as strong as was this year has been amazing."