Charlotte/MTSU WS recap

Charlotte junior midfielder/defender Reagan Burns (18) pushes the ball down the field in a soccer game against Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Charlotte women’s soccer took on Middle Tennessee at Transamerica Field in Charlotte on Oct. 6 following a loss to FAU on Oct. 2. Neither team could find an edge, and the match ended with a tie, Charlotte’s third of the season. 

Charlotte moves to 3-7-3 on the year with just four games remaining in the regular season. The 49ers sit at No. 7 in C-USA, but they have time to rise with lots of conference play to go. 

“At this point, getting a point is extremely important,” said Head Coach Brandi Fontaine. “Considering the situation we were in tonight with the cards and things just not going our way, I was happy to walk out of here with a point. Right now, we need as many of those as we can get. I loved seeing the fight we had tonight. I don’t know if I’ve seen them fight like that in a long time, so it was good to see that side of them too.”

First half 

The action was slow to start the match; Charlotte took just two shots in the first 20 minutes of the game. Kristy Campbell and Lily Suyao were given yellow cards at the beginning of the game. Suyao was given the yellow after shoving a player on the opposing team that fouled her.

However, Charlotte was still given the free kick that Kelly Hastings took. Hastings sent the ball toward the box, where Ariana Maibodi could gain possession of the ball. She passed it off to Haley Shand, who put the ball inside the left corner of the goal. 

The goal put the 49ers up 1-0 at the 25:23 minute mark. After that, neither team attempted a shot for the remainder of the half.

Second half

Middle Tennessee showed aggression in the second half as they sought a comeback. Only 15 minutes into the second half, Charlotte was given a third and fourth yellow card. Both Kiara Pralle and Hastings were booked.

Campbell received her second yellow card, ultimately dismissing her from the game. The 49ers bench also received a yellow card after disagreeing with the call and the number of cards given to Charlotte.

Middle Tennessee took advantage of the free kick, tying up the match over an hour into the game.

Both teams took one more shot on goal, but neither could turn things around. The Blue Raiders finally joined the 49ers with a yellow card after arguing a foul call with just over a minute remaining in the game. The match ended in a 1-1 tie.

Top performances

The top performances from the 49ers were by Shand, Maibodi, Hastings, and Macey Bader.

Shand led the team with the only score of the game for Charlotte, giving her four in the last four games. She had two shots and two shots on goal. 

Maibodi had well-rounded overall stats from the game. She had one assist, one shot and one on goal. 

Up next

The 49ers have a weekend off before traveling to Birmingham, Ala., to play the University of Alabama at Birmingham in a matchup on Oct. 13. These conference rivals have a 12-game history, with Charlotte coming out on top in nine.