Charlotte/Temple MS preview

The Charlotte men's soccer team in the huddle before a soccer game with FIU on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.

The No. 22 Charlotte men's soccer team is hitting the road for the regular season finale to Temple in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The 49ers are coming off a senior night loss to FIU 3-2.

The Owls are 4-8-3 overall with a 1-6-1 American Athletic Conference (AAC) record. The 49ers boast a record of 8-4-2 overall and are 2-4-2 in AAC play.

Matchup history

This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools. The series is split at two games apiece.  

The 49ers have lost two straight against the Owls. Temple won the last matchup 2-1 in double overtime in 2010. 

Charlotte players to watch for

Forward Kameron Lacey is leading the team in goals and points. This season, Lacey has set a career-high for goals (7), assists (6) and 18 points.

Lacey will be crucial for the 49ers in the contest. 

Senior Alex Willis has been a steller for the squad this season. Willis has five goals, three assists and a 33% shot on-goal percentage. Expect the veteran to make his presence against the Owls.  

The backline for Charlotte needs to step against Temple. The 49ers are giving up seven goals in their last three games, which has resulted in the losing streak. The backline will be looking to keep the ball out of the net on Wednesday.

Temple players to watch for

Forward Mike Eijgendaal leads the Owls in assists with six. Eijendaal is the lead man up front, recording two goals on the season. The Owls will need production from their top guy if they hope to win the contest. 

Forward Yann Kouemi is another attacking threat for the Owls, as he is the leading goal scorer for the team with four. Kouemi finds a way to create shots recording a whopping 31. He will be looking to play a role in a potential upset.

What is at stake

The 49ers are on a three-game losing streak after a hot 7-0 start to the season. 

Despite those losses, the 49ers are still in contention for the American Championship tournament but will need some help. 

First, the team must win their game against Temple. Then FAU must lose to FIU, and UCF must lose or draw with USF.

If this happens, the 49ers will possess the sixth spot and will be in the conference tournament.

Looking to gameday

The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Temple Sports Complex. The game will be available to stream on ESPN+.