|#19 Men's Soccer Posts OT Road Win at #10 Virginia|
"An unbelievable atmosphere," Charlotte coach Jeremy Gunn said. "Virginia is an unbelievable team. It was a tough match. After the first part of the game we settled down and had some quality scoring chances. I am so proud of our team in that once we went down a goal we stayed composed and kept battling. Then, Isaac gets hammered in the box which created a penalty kick with 25 seconds left in regulation. Then, we tied the score on Tyler Gibson's penalty kick. Virginia was down to nine men and we had ten players heading into overtime. After scoring the game-tying goal, we had all the momentum heading into overtime. We put them under tremendous pressure right at the start and we scored the game-winner quickly. This was a total team win tonight."
With 25 seconds left in regulation, Caughran was hammered in the penalty box creating a penalty kick chance for the 49ers. Virginia's Hunter Jumper was issued a red card for the hard foul on Caughran. Gibson put the penalty kick into the back of the net tying the score at 1.
"I practiced taking penalty kicks all summer," Gibson said. "I was not nervous out there. I just took a deep breath and then put the ball into the back of the net."
In the 91st minute, Donnie Smith crossed the ball to Gibson at the top of the box. Gibson sent a shot that banged off the cross bar nearly going in. Caughran corralled the rebound and put the ball into the back of the net for his second game-winning goal of the season.
Virginia scored the game's first goal after Charlotte's Isaac Cowles was issued a red card for a hand ball in the box which led to a Virginia penalty kick. Virginia's Will Bates converted on the penalty kick for the game's first goal in the 71st minute.
Virginia finished the game with nine players after Jumper and Mike Volk were issued red cards late in the second half.
Charlotte finished the game with an 18-12 advantage in shots. Guiseppe Gentile led the 49ers with four shots. Charles Rodriguez and Gibson recorded three shots apiece. Rodriguez had a shot that just went over the cross bar in the first half. Caughran and Thomas Allen added two shots apiece to the 49ers attack.
Charlotte had several great scoring chances in the first half. In the 12th minute, Donnie Smith had a great scoring chance when he beat a Virginia defender down the left side of the field. He dribbled the ball across the top of the box and then blasted a shot that just went over the cross bar.
In the 36th minute, Gentile headed the ball off a Gibson cross toward the goal but his shot was stopped by Virginia's goalkeeper Spencer LaCivita.
In the 49th minute, Gentile crossed the ball to Gibson in front of the goal. Gibson scored on a shot from 10 yards out but his goal was disallowed after the ball was called out of bounds prior to Gentile's cross.
Charlotte goalkeeper Klay Davis finished the game with five saves. Halfway through each half, Davis made a game-saving diving saves.
Charlotte returns to action when they face ACC foe Clemson on the road, Tuesday, September 20.