The Charlotte women's soccer team travels to Bowling Green, Ky., to take on the Western Kentucky (WKU) Lady Toppers in their final regular season match of the year.
Both teams come into this matchup knowing they will play in the Conference USA (C-USA) tournament next week. Charlotte clinched their playoff spot Wednesday when Florida Atlantic defeated FIU.
Charlotte, with a 3-9-4 overall record and a 2-5-2 C-USA record, while WKU boasts a 6-8-3 overall and a C-USA record of 3-5-1. This matchup will be vital in determining tournament seeding and be an opportunity for both teams to find good form and momentum to take into the tournament.
Players to watch
A key player for the 49ers is goalkeeper Brenna Murray, who has only allowed one goal in the last two games. She took over the position for Charlotte and has not looked back, making big plays, only averaging 1.06 goals allowed per game.
WKU's goalkeeper Alexis Bach will be a critical factor in the game as she has a 0.71 goals-against average, which ranks No. 41 in Division I women's soccer. If Charlotte wants to win, they have to get the ball past her.
Charlotte's Tash Hudson is the team leader in goals, with five on the season, with four coming in the first six games. Look for her to recreate some of that early-season magic to help boost the Niners' offense.
🔥 | 𝘿𝙚𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙂𝙤𝙖𝙡✅ The run✅ The pace✅ The touch✅ The finish 🔥🔥A brilliant debut goal from SRUSA Women’s Soccer client Tash Hudson🇬🇧 for UNC Charlotte yesterday.Well done Tash!🇬🇧⚽️🇺🇸@Natasha_Hudson7 @nghudson pic.twitter.com/nJWHAFdiOT— SRUSA Women's Soccer ⚽️🇺🇸 (@SRUSA_WSoccer) August 19, 2022
Keys to a 49er victory
Charlotte has to finish their shots. They've outshot their opponents 43-10 in the last two matches but have no goals to show for it. If the 49ers are to win, they must find a way to execute against a top-level keeper in Bach.
Another key for a Charlotte victory is limiting offsides called on their offense. Last Sunday's game saw their offensive attack fall victim to offside calls multiple times throughout the game, keeping them from executing to their highest potential.
Charlotte has played WKU nine times in program history. The 49ers hold the series lead 5-2-2 all-time, with their previous matchup being the final regular season game last season, where they battled out to a 1-1 draw.
Charlotte hits the road to face WKU on Friday, Oct. 28, in Bowling Green, Ky. The contest will kick off on Friday at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be available to stream on Facebook.