The Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team figured that they would take a cue from the men’s team for their latest win. In an ending that was reminiscent of men’s soccer and their handful of overtime wins this season, Amanda Jones scored with three seconds left in the first OT period to cap a two-goal performance and lead the Niners to a 2-1 win over VCU in their final Atlantic 10 opener at Transamerica Field.
In a game that was delayed 70 minutes to start, it was the Rams striking first with a goal by Courtney Conrad in the game’s 17th minute. VCU looked to have the better of the play in the game’s opening frame–but Charlotte began to find its legs with time winding down in the half. In the second, they came out much improved, and eventually scored the equalizer after a trick play on a free kick courtesy of Jones in the 55th minute.
After that, the game could have conceivably been put away long before the extra session. VCU’s Courtney Conrad nailed the crossbar with less than 30 minutes left. Teammate Jessie Krasko hit the post with just over 26 minutes to go in regulation. Several other Niner and Ram shots just missed, none closer than Conrad missing a open opportunity with five minutes played in overtime. But the Niners came out unscathed, setting up Jones’s overtime heroics.
Charlotte is back on the pitch on Sunday as they take on Richmond at 1pm. After that, it’s on the road for the next five before coming back to Transamerica on October 26 to take on Saint Louis.
It was a busy day for Charlotte athletics on Friday:
–Cross country hosted the Charlotte Invitational at McAlpine Park. The men, led by Zach Greth’s 29th place finish, took 8th out of 35; the women placed 12th out of 35, paced by Maria Ruiz’s 30th place time. Next meet–the Chili Pepper Cross Country Festival in Arkansas on October 13.
–Men’s and women’s tennis rolled over local rivals Belmont Abbey and Johnson C. Smith, with both teams sweeping their opponents 7-0. Both teams are on the road this weekend: the men head to the Jeff Frank Invitational in Davidson, while the women stop by the Winston Salem Invitational.
–Volleyball dropped a 3-1 decision at Fordham to drop to 0-3 in the A-10. Carly Ochs tacked on 11 kills while Jenna Litoborski posted 15 digs. The ladies are back in action tomorrow at Rhode Island.