The nationally-ranked Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer team went undefeated at 6-0-1 in the spring after outscoring their seven opponents, 14-1.
First, the 49ers began the spring with an alumni game, February 27. The alumni team featured six former team captains. The current 49ers won 4-0 behind two goals by Gentile and goals by Will Mayhew and newcomer Bokar.
“It was fantastic to welcome former 49ers standouts back to campus,” Langan said.
Then, Charlotte defeated the Pass 4 English recruiting team, 2-0, March 11. Gentile and Kyle Parker each scored a goal in the game. According to Coach Langan, Parker and David Mayer had strong performances for the 49ers.
Charlotte defeated USL Pro’s Charlotte Eagles, 2-1, for the first time ever on March 16. In an even first half, Parker leveled the score with a superb volley after great play from Mayer down the left side of the field. Gentile flicked Mayer’s cross on and Parker was in the right spot to hammer home the 49ers first goal. In the second half, the 49ers created several good chances before Bokar scored the game winner off a corner kick. After Bokar’s goal the 49ers held firm to claim the historic victory.
Then, the 49ers tied future Conference USA rival South Carolina, 0-0, on the road, March 23. The 49ers created the better chances but either their finishing touches were missing or the Gamecock’s goalkeeper made a save. Aidan Kirkbride was the stand out player of the game controlling the play from midfield for the 49ers.
On April 6, the 49ers traveled to ACC foe Virginia Tech. Charlotte defeated Virginia Tech, 2-0, behind two goals by Gentile. Due to seven inches of snow the previous day the game was moved to the turf practice field. In a dominant display Charlotte took an early lead when Gentile jumped on a Virginia Tech defensive error and chipped the ball over Virginia Tech’s goalkeeper. Both Dominic Bonilla and Bokar came close to scoring goals before Gentile scored his second of the game when he was on hand to tap in the rebound after a fierce shot by Kirkbride. For the third game in a row Charlotte limited their opponent to very few chances on their goal. Nick Barnhorst and Mayhew dominated the right side of the field for the 49ers.
On April 13, Charlotte defeated North Carolina, 1-0, in a rematch of the 2011 College Cup Championship game as both teams played in front of a large enthusiastic crowd at the Macpherson Stadium in Greensboro. The game was played as part of the ‘ACC Hall of Champions Showcase’ hosted by Greensboro United Soccer Club. The 49ers set the tempo early on and tested North Carolina’s goalkeeper with shots from Bonilla and Mayhew. Midway through the first half, a great combination play between Anthony Perez and Bokar set Gentile clear on goal. Giuseppe crossed to Perez and after his shot was saved, Mayhew tapped in the rebound for the game’s only goal. Charlotte continued to press with Gentile, Bokar and Thomas Allen each getting close to scoring. A stellar defensive display limited the Tar Heels attacks. In a powerful team performance for the victorious 49ers Klay Davis, Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Barnhorst, Allen and Perez were stout on defense. Tyler Gibson, Mayhew and Kirkbride controlled the midfield for large spells.
Charlotte concluded the spring with a 3-0 road win at 2012 Southern Conference runner-up Wofford, April 18. The 49ers picked up where they had left off from their last game. Gentile broke the scoreless tie when he scored off a great cross from Parker just over 15 minutes into the match. The remainder of the first half, Jeremy Dennis, Mayhew and Parker all came close to scoring. In the second half, Charlotte came out with a renewed purpose to their play and scored a second goal after Bokar pounced on a Gentile flick and drove his shot into the bottom corner of the goal. Gentile rounded out the scoring late when he drilled a shot past Wofford's goalkeeper off a Barnhorst assist. Charlotte played some excellent flowing soccer while scoring three well-executed goals. Austin Pack had an outstanding game in goal organizing the 49ers defense and starting attacks. Parker, Gentile and Bokar had equally impressive performances and looked dangerous with every attack.
Excitingly, Charlotte concluded their spring season only conceding one goal and managed to keep all college opponents off the score sheet. Equally, excitingly the 49ers strike force of Gentile, Parker and Bokar scored 12 goals between them.
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