Charlotte, N.C- The Charlotte 49ers (5-5-3, C-USA: 1-3-2) will step out of conference play at Transamerica Field, Tuesday, Oct. 22, as they take on their fourth ranked opponent of the season # 14 Clemson at 7 pm.
This meeting between the Tigers and 49ers will be the 16th meeting all-time. The 49ers trail the series 4-9-3 but are 3-1-0 all-time at home. Charlotte picked up their first win of the series in 1993 when the #4 ranked Tigers came to Charlotte; the 49ers won 3-2. The latest meeting came on Sept. 20, 2011 in Clemson, S.C. where the 49ers picked up the victory 3-1. The latest meeting at Transamerica Field was Sept. 28, 2010 when the 49ers found the back of the net in double overtime for a 2-1 win. Anthony Perez, Tyler Gibson, Aidan Kirkbride and Will Mayhew saw action in the double overtime thriller.
“They are having a wonderful season, they will be a great opponent for us,” said Coach Kevin Langan on a ranked Clemson program. “We want to invite the best around the nation to play here, this program is primed to be a national power, we have the facilities, we have the players, and the culture and environment around the program, and we want to keep inviting the nation’s best to come play here.”
The 49ers are coming off a rare own-goal win against Kentucky last Saturday. “It wasn’t our best performance, but it was a performance with grit, desire, great performances, and a great team effort.” The last time an own goal was the game-winner came in 2010 against #11 Wake Forest. The 49ers won the match 2-0.
Giuseppe Gentile leads the 49ers with five goals. Kyle Parker is second on the team in goals with four. Aidan Kirkbride and Luke Waechter are tied for third on the team with three goals apiece. Waechter, David Mayer and Will Mayhew are tied for the team-lead with three assists apiece. Brandt Bronico, Parker and Gentile each have two assists.
Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $2 for youth (17-under). All Charlotte 49ers students are admitted free with a valid student ID.