On the Charlotte 49ers’ senior night, a senior may not have scored, but one had a play to remember.
Alex Kubrick came up with an enormous save on a late Marshall penalty kick, sealing a shutout and nailing down a 1-0 win for the Niners, their second-to-last regular season home game of the year.
The teams played through a scoreless first half in which the Herd fired six shots to Charlotte’s four. Marshall’s best chance came when Erin Simmons found herself alone in the box in the 21st minute, but Kubrick was able to turn the sophomore forward aside. Nicole Anderson responded a couple of minutes later with Charlotte’s best opportunity–a blast just outside the box that sailed over the net. But early in the 2nd half, Ari Reilley found Perri Bonner in front of the net, and the freshman was just able to get enough to put it in for her 3rd of the season took a through ball in the box and appeared to be taken down. As she slid to the ground, the ball went off her foot and trickled into the net for her first career goal to make it 1-0 Niners. (It appeared to go off Perri Bonner in front, but the goal was later awarded to Reilley.)
Fittingly, a senior made the biggest play of the night for the Niners. With 47 seconds left, Erin Simmons was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty, but was stopped by Kubrick on what proved to be the save that sealed the victory for Charlotte. The home crowd erupted and the senior keeper was mobbed by her teammates when the buzzer sounded.
Charlotte (9-5-2; 4-2-2 C-USA), who ended the night with 17 shots to Marshall’s 8, ends their home schedule against Florida Atlantic Sunday afternoon at 1pm, then travels to Old Dominion for their final regular season match on Thursday.