CHARLOTTE, NC. – Kyle Parker and Aidan Kirkbride scored for the 49ers, however, Charlotte (4-4-3, C-USA: 0-2-2) lost to Old Dominion (5-3-1, C-USA: 2-1-0), 3-2, in overtime at Transamerica Field in a game broadcasted by Fox Sports.
“Unfortunately it is what has been going on for us all year,” Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. “We are playing really well in spells, we are creating numerous chances. If you give up three goals at home, you probably don’t deserve to win a game. We have to keep going, we are very close, and we are in it with the players. We have to get one more to drop for us. We have to be a bit more solid at the back.”
Charlotte scored the game’s first goal on a beautiful buildup that began by Brandt Bronico down the left side of the field. Bronico passed the ball to Giuseppe Gentile on the left side of the box. Gentile crossed the ball to Parker in front of the goal. Parker tapped the ball into the back of the net in the 16th minute. Parker’s goal was his third of the season.
In the 41st minute, the 49ers had two great scoring chances but a header by Monbo Bokar and a shot from 15 yards out by Tyler Gibson were stopped with diving saves by Old Dominion goalkeeper Sean Stowe.
Then, with one second left in the first half, Old Dominion tied the score at one when Gideon Asante headed in a Tim Hopkinson corner kick.
In the 56th minute, Old Dominion nearly scored their second goal when Geoffrey Hill’s shot was about to go over the goal line but 49ers defender Biko Bradnock-Brennan cleared the ball off the line at the last second.
Old Dominion took a 2-1 lead when Cole Stringer passed the ball to Ryan Condotta who blasted the ball into the goal just inside the left far post from 35 yards out in the 81st minute.
Charlotte tied the score at two when Luke Waechter sent a long pass from near midfield to Parker just inside the box down the right side. Parker crossed the ball to Kirkbride who tapped the ball into the back of the net in the 85th minute.
Old Dominion’s Hopkinson scored the game-winning goal when he took a pass from Jesse Miralrio and put the ball into the back of the net from 10 yards out in the 92nd minute.
Charlotte finished the game with a 17-10 advantage in shots. Gibson led the 49ers with five shots. Parker added three shots. Bokar and Bronico tallied two shots apiece.
Charlotte continues Conference USA play when they play 20th-ranked Tulsa on the road, Sunday, October 13 at 5 pm.
“We are going from great opponent to great opponent, like us, it is where we want to be,” Langan said. “We just have to realize the little details that are going to win us games at this level every week.”