It wasn’t a happy start for the 13th ranked Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer team in their final A-10 season–but for their opponent, the VCU Rams, quite the opposite was true. In their A-10 debut, the Rams struck for two goals in each half to upset the visiting Niners, 4-1, at Sports Backer’s Stadium in Richmond. Here’s a look at the numbers from Friday night’s match, which drops Charlotte to 0-1 on the young Atlantic 10 schedule.
–The four goals scored by VCU is the most number of goals allowed by Charlotte in almost five years. The last time they allowed that many was November 10, 2007–a 5-1 loss to Saint Louis. It’s only the Niners’ second loss of the season, but their second in their last three matches.
–Charlotte attempted 10 shots on goal to VCU’s 8, with four of those on goal compared to VCU’s six. Donnie Smith and Giuseppe Gentile each had two to lead Charlotte, while Jason Johnson had four for the Rams. Each team had six corner kicks; Charlotte committed eight fouls (charged with two yellow cards) to VCU’s seven (one yellow card).
–Four different Rams scored–Johnson, Devon Fisher, Garrett Harvey and Mario Herrera Meraz; the goal by Johnson was his sixth of the season. Isaac Caughran accounted for Charlotte’s one tally.
–Only seven miles separate the Niners from the site of their next contest–Sunday versus Richmond at 2:30. It will be the final game of a five game road trip, after which the Niners return home to kick off a four game home stand against Fordham next Friday.