Niner NotePAD: Welcome to October


For the first time here at Pick Axe Digest, we take a weekly look at some news and notes from Charlotte 49ers athletics in a feature called Niner NotePAD.  This was formerly a feature known as “Quick Thoughts” over at 49erGreen, but I’ve figured “Niner NotePAD” is a much more catchy name (PAD standing for Pick Axe Digest, of course).  Let’s get started on this week’s edition.

–The women’s soccer team is off to a flying start, opening the A-10 season at 2-0 with two home wins over the weekend.  Amanda Jones scored two goals on Friday, including the game winner in overtime, against VCU to give the Niners an emotional 2-1 win, while Carrie Dail tacked on a goal and assisted on Alex Meyers‘ first career tally in a 2-0 shutout of Richmond on Sunday. (Jones and Dail garnered our first ever Pick Axe Picks as Charlotte 49ers performers of the week for their performances).  If you didn’t catch the ladies, you won’t be able to see them at home for a while–not until the 26th (against Saint Louis) and 28th (Senior Day against Butler).  The next five Charlotte games are on the road, starting with George Washington on Saturday…

–Meanwhile, if it seems like the men’s soccer team hasn’t played in a while, that’s because they’ve been off since a 2-1 double overtime victory on September 26, and won’t lace up again until they head to the city of Richmond to open up A-10 play (VCU on Friday, U of R on Sunday).  Their next home game won’t be until the 12th against Fordham–equaling an entire month away from Transamerica Field…

–One team will be at home this week, and that’s volleyball.  They’re grateful from some home matches after going 0-4 in the opening two weekends of A-10 play; in fact, they haven’t been home since the 49er Invitational September 14-15.  The next five matches are at Halton Arena, starting with Youth Night versus VCU on October 6…

–We have some basketball news to share with you as they’ll tipping off before you know it.  Cara Consegura and the women’s team will begin practices on Monday at 1:30 over at Halton Arena.  Meanwhile, Alan Major will be partaking in A-10 Men’s Basketball Media Day, which will be held Thursday at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, site of the A-10 men’s and women’s basketball championships in March.  Basketball season means busy season will be starting for the Digest, and we will be keeping our eyes on the proceedings in Brooklyn and passing along information as we receive it…

Tennis looked good in dual meet action on Friday–as both the men and women had no trouble with Belmont Abbey and Johnson C. Smith.  Next up–the men travel to Davidson while the women head up I-85 to Wake Forest…

Golf is back in action at the Rees Jones Invitational in South Carolina Monday and Tuesday.  After this week, they’ll have two more events left on their fall slate…

–And cross country gets a break after a strong showing at the Charlotte Invitational on Friday (the men finished 8th while the women finished 12th).  Their next action will be the Chile Pepper Cross Country Invitational in Fayetteville, AR on Friday…

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