The No. 11 Charlotte men's soccer team defeated the Winthrop Eagles 5-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The win moves the 49ers to 5-0-0 on the season while securing their fourth consecutive clean sheet.
Head Coach Kevin Langan spoke on the team's performance thus far.
"We've maintained good intensity to our play, we've maintained good press to our play and we got much better from the UCONN game, and we keep getting better at defending set pieces," said Langan.
The 49ers got off to a quick start. Just 56 seconds in, redshirt senior midfielder Koby Carr connected with Kameron Lacey to get on the board early in the contest.
There wasn't much action throughout the remainder of the half. Charlotte shot the ball six times in comparison to Winthrop's three.
Charlotte headed into the second half with a 1-0 advantage.
The 49ers scored the second half's first goal at the 59-minute mark. Junior midfielder Matthew Kirk found the back of the net, assisted by Lacey and graduate student Alex Willis, making it 2-0.
Fourteen minutes later, freshman midfielder Samy Kolby scored his first goal of the season, bringing the 49ers lead to 3-0.
Winthrop's struggles continued throughout the half as they could not stop the offensive attack from Charlotte.
A penalty occurred at the 81st-minute mark that ended with senior defender Sean Suber converting on Charlotte's fourth goal of the game.
A minute later, Willis, assisted by Kirk and freshman Aboubacar Traore, scored the fifth and final goal of the game.
Charlotte's offense was relentless, especially during the second half, which has been a strong point for the team this season.
The 49ers continued the trend of multiple goal scorers. All five goals came from different players, with Charlotte outshooting Winthrop, 20-9.
With a solid start to the season, Charlotte looks to be a competitor as they sit at the top of the AAC.
Lacey stayed busy throughout the night, recording eight out of 20 shots for Charlotte. He quickly got Charlotte on the board within the first minute, giving them the early advantage. He was one of three players for the 49ers to record both a goal and an assist.
Willis had an impressive game, scoring the night's final goal while adding an assist to the stat sheet. Willis and Lacey are tied with four goals on the season.
The 49ers will take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on Saturday, Sept. 17, opening AAC play at 7 p.m. inside Transamerica field. The contest will be available to stream on ESPN+.