Turns out a tough day for FAU extended to the soccer pitch as well.
Kyle Parker had a pair of goals for the second straight match, and the Charlotte 49ers put together a four-goal second half on the way to a 6-0 rout of the Owls at FAU Soccer Stadium in Boca Raton, FL. The loss for FAU came just hours after head football coach Carl Pelini tendered his resignation.
Charlotte, who improved to 2-3-2 in Conference USA (7-5-3 overall), picked up a key three points in the run to the top seven of the league standings. They’re currently in a three way tie for 5th with Kentucky and idle Tulsa as Kentucky beat Marshall tonight, 2-0.
It only took until the 15th minute for Charlotte to find the net as Giuseppe Gentile struck to make it 1-0. Parker picked up his first of the game off of an assist from Hans Honer, the freshman’s first career point, to make it 2-0 in the 42nd minute. The Niners would put it away with a 50th minute strike by David Mayer, followed by Brandt Bronico’s first collegiate goal ten minutes later and Tyler Gibson’s successful penalty (the second straight match he has taken one) two and a half minutes after that. Parker rounded out the scoring with his second of the game–and team-leading eighth of the season–in the 65th minute, capping a run of three Charlotte goals in just 4:24.
The Niners led the shot battle 13-5. Klay Davis benefited from a strong defense and combined with Nick Hensley on a clean sheet. Nine yellow cards (six for the Owls) were shown in this one.
Charlotte returns home to host Marshall on Senior Night this Saturday at Transamerica Field.