After trailing 2-0 in the first half, Charlotte (10-3, 5-1 C-USA) won their fifth-consecutive game by scoring five unanswered goals for a 5-2 victory against Middle Tennessee (5-8-1, 2-3-1 C-USA). The victory gives the 49ers sole possession of first place in the C-USA standings.
“We stayed in the fight,” said Charlotte Head Coach John Cullen. "We weren’t particularly strong at the start of the game. I thought the game started fairly evenly, but they punished a couple of our mistakes...I felt there was enough time left on the clock to have a reaction and get back into the game. For us to get back to 2-2 at halftime said a lot about our team. We weren’t at our best but to do that and put ourselves back at an even playing field once again.”
The Blue Raiders scored both of their goals early in the game. In the 10th minute, Peyton DePriest scored on an Amber Hoot assist that gave the Blue Raiders a 1-0 lead. In the 25th minute Mackenzie Bonham found Sam DeBien to extend their lead to 2-0.
The 49ers did not give up on their home turf. In the 34th minute, Riley Orr assisted Megan Greene when Greene headed it in behind the goalie to bring the Niners within one goal. In the 38th minute, Kristy Campbell received Selah Gaylor’s corner kick, where Campbell used her head to redirect the ball in the goal for her first career goal which sent the teams into halftime tied at two.
“The message at halftime was that it’s 0-0 and let’s kick on from being at that level now. In the second half, we took it to another level; our set pieces were dangerous, we were goal hungry and we got into good areas and we came out strong winners,” said Cullen.
The 49ers' scoring continued in the second half. In the 62nd minute, Jamie Fankhauser scored off of another corner kick to give the Niners a 3-2 lead. In the 68th minute, Brianna Morris registered another corner kick as she set up another header, this time by Julia Grainda who scored to give Charlotte a 4-2 advantage. In the 71st minute, Haley Shand secured a loose ball in the penalty box and then sent a pass to Greene who scored her second goal of the game to secure a 5-2 victory.
Charlotte will look to extend their five-game winning streak in Birmingham, Ala. on Thursday, Oct. 17 against UAB at 8 p.m.