Despite a 3-1 loss today to Florida Atlantic, the Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team got some help from some other Conference USA squads and clinched a spot in the top five of the East Division, punching their ticket to the conference tournament in Houston beginning next week.
The only question remaining for the Niners is where they will ultimately finish in the standings. A win at Old Dominion on Thursday would give them 17 points and a shot at the regular season division title. They’d need both FIU (home against Marshall) and UAB (at FAU) to lose or draw for that to happen. A loss or draw, however, coupled with an ECU win against Middle Tennessee, would put them in 4th and force them into a first round matchup.
Women’s soccer has a little different tournament format than men’s soccer. Teams are divided into two divisions; the top five from each division advance to the postseason, with the fourth and fifth place teams in each one playing each other in the first round. The eight remaining teams then participate in a single-elimination tournament for a chance to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAAs.
Amanda Jones’ 17 points (seven goals and three assists) lead the Niners. The junior had a goal in the 3-1 loss to the Owls today.