Charlotte 49ers men’s and women’s soccer went a combined 0-2-1 over the weekend, and it was a Dakota Olson-fueled comeback for the ladies on Friday at UTEP that salvaged an otherwise winless trip.
Friday, WSoc: Niners 2, UTEP 2
This one didn’t get off to a good start as Annie McHenry suffered an injury in the 9th minute and made way for the team’s third keeper, Alex Weaver. Then the Miners struck twice in the 1st half–Kenah Linger in the 20th minute and Azia Nicholson in the 34th–to go up 2-0. That set up Olson’s tallies in the 2nd half, the first coming late in the 54th minute and the second off a blast in the 58th to knot it at 2. Weaver did well, making six saves and salvaging what could have been a much worse result.
Sunday, WSoc: North Texas 3, Niners 0
The good news in this one: keeper Alex Kubrick returned to the starting lineup and went 77 minutes before making way for Weaver. The bad news: it was in a losing effort. The Mean Green dominated with 20 shots in the match (11 in the first half, with Kubrick making three first half saves and just conceding the one goal in the opening 45) while holding the Niners to seven. Brooke Oxentine opened scoring in the 41st minute; Rachel Holden added her 11th in the 62nd while Kelsey Hodges converted a penalty for the final margin.
Up next: A three-game homestand starting with UAB on Friday.
Sunday: #20 Tulsa 3, Niners 2 (OT)
It was a disappointing loss for the Niners, who struck first with a Kyle Parker goal in the 9th minute while holding the home team to a single first half shot. But two second half goals–an Omar Mata tally assisted by his brother, Christian, and a Akeil Barrett penalty in the 59th minute gave the Hurricane the lead before some last minute dramatics, namely a header into the net by Luke Waechter off of a corner with 1:12 left, sent it to overtime. It didn’t take long for this one to end, though, as Christian Mata took a pass from Barrett and shot it past Klay Davis for the win.
Up next: Back-to-back home games against C-USA foe Kentucky (Saturday) and a non-conference battle against Clemson (next Tuesday).