While the Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer team’s momentum continued heading into the Conference USA tournament, the women saw their run come to an end on their side of the tournament table. Let’s give you a quick recap of Friday’s games.
MSOC: Charlotte 3, FIU 0
Kyle Parker continued his torrid pace by scoring a pair of goals against the Panthers as the Niners struck twice in the first eleven minutes, started by Aidan Kirkbride’s 5th minute tally. Parker’s markers in the 11th and 42nd minutes equaled a deficit the hosts couldn’t overcome.
The win was the Niners’ fifth in a row; they have outscored their opponents 16-1 and have kept four clean sheets as a team in that stretch. Klay Davis recorded his seventh solo shutout of the year and now moves to a tie for second in the program’s record book for all-time wins as a keeper. Parker has scored seven goals in the last four matches as the sophomore forward’s star continues to rise.
Charlotte, who ends the season at 9-5-3 overall (4-3-2 C-USA) will open as the sixth seed at the Conference USA tournament against third-seeded UAB (12-4-1; 5-3-1 C-USA) at 8pm at Transamerica Field. The two teams battled to a scoreless draw on September 13. But the Niners will be without senior defender Anthony Perez, who will serve a one-game ban after being shown a red card on Friday.
WSOC: Conference USA Semifinals–North Texas 1, Charlotte 0 (2OT)
The Niners’ hopes for their first NCAA appearance since 2008 ended at the hands of the Mean Green on Friday.
North Texas had the better of the play throughout, outshooting the Niners 27-11, but Alex Kubrick’s five first-half saves kept it scoreless. It was Lindsey Hulstein ending it early in the second extra session to send the Mean Green to today’s championship match against Colorado College. The Tigers would come away with a 3-0 win to pick up the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Jennifer Lee led the Niners with five shots, but the team just wasn’t able to convert their chances despite keeping the Mean Green off the scoreboard. It ends Charlotte’s season at 11-7-2.