In the midst of a five game road trip, the Charlotte 49ers headed to New York City and Philadelphia looking to maintain a undefeated conference record. While things got off to the right foot on Friday, a 3-1 Charlotte win over Fordham, they didn’t stay that way, as the Niners dropped their first A-10 match of the season, a 2-1 decision to La Salle.
Friday: Niners 3, Fordham 1
It didn’t start off well for the Niners as they fell into an early 1-0 hole off of a goal by Kaitlyn Carballeira in the 12th minute. But Charlotte took control the rest of the way. Amanda Jones struck just moments before the half with her seventh of the season with just over nine minutes to go, then assisted on an Alex Meyers header (the freshman’s third tally of the season) with 4:25 left in the first. Monica Trickett rounded out the scoring nearly seven minutes into the second half off of a feed from Jennifer Lee for her second of the year.
Alex Kubrick returned made five saves in her first action since September 25; overall, the Rams did outshoot the Niners, 17-10.
Sunday: La Salle 2, Niners 1
The Explorers received a vote in the last NSCAA poll, and despite the Niners taking the early lead, it was the home team pulling through in the end. Carrie Dail got things started in the 24th minute with her sixth of the season (from Lena Suarez) to put the green and white up 1-0–but Kelsey Haycook knotted things up at one with just over seven minutes to play. Charlotte conceded the go-ahead (and eventual game winning) goal at the 19-second mark of the 2nd to Renee Washington, and were shut out the rest of the way by the Explorers.
La Salle had a huge edge in shots (19-4); credit to Annika McHenry and her nine saves to keep the score close. La Salle’s Gabby Pakhtigian was barely challenged, only needing to make two saves of her own.
Next Up: UMass and Rhode Island
It’s back to the Northeast for the Niners as they visit UMass on Friday, followed by a bus ride over to Rhode Island on Sunday. After that, there’s just two regular season matches left, both at Transamerica Field: Saint Louis on October 26 and Senior Day versus Butler on October 28.