Charlotte/FIU MS recap

Charlotte sophomore forward Brigham Larsen (14) pushes the ball down the field during a soccer game against FIU on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.

The No. 22 Charlotte men’s soccer team dropped a close match against FIU on Friday, Oct 28. The 49ers lost the contest 3-2 on senior night. 

The 49ers now find themselves with a record of 8-4-2 on the year with one more game left. 

Charlotte has a conference record of 2-4-2, while FIU has a 5-2-1 conference record, giving them first place in the American Athletic Conference.

First half

The first thirty minutes were tightly contested as both teams had two shots and one save.

Charlotte was able to open the scoring in the 32nd minute. A few nice moves from Kameron Lacey allowed him to pass the defenders sending it to Brigham Larsen, who finished the goal.   

Charlotte kept control of the rest of the half and went into the break 1-0.

Second half

Out of the half, FIU had newfound energy as they took control of the second half. 

The Panthers tied the score just before the 55-minute mark on a goal from Rasmus Tobinski.

The game was competitive until the 70th minute, with both recording multiple shots and saves. FIU took the lead by scoring two goals in two minutes.

The first came from a corner by Carlos Scheckermann and then a run-away goal by Fumiya Shiraishi. FIU took the lead 3-1.

Charlotte quickly answered in the 73 minutes after a botched free kick that Charlotte recovered, and Lacey was able to find Filip Jack to narrow the advantage to 3-2. 

Charlotte, needing another goal to tie the game, had many shots at the goal, including one that went off the crossbar. However, Charlotte could not find the back of the net, and FIU won 3-2.

Top performers

Larsen and Jauk had goals for the 49ers and had three shots.

Lacey, who had assists on both goals, could up his career-high assist total to six. He also increased his point total to 20, the highest on the team.

Tournament Scenario

With the loss the 49ers are under the cut to make the American Men's Soccer tournament. Charlotte must defeat Temple on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and get some help from others.

FAU needs to lose to FIU and UCF can either tie or lose to USF. This would push the 49ers to the sixth spot and into the tournament.

Next up

Charlotte hits the road to face Temple in the regular season finale on Wednesday, Nov 2. The game will be played in Philadelphia at Temple Sports Complex. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and will be available to stream on ESPN+.