In an exciting match, the Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team gets back on track with a victory over the College of Charleston Cougars 3-1. With the win over the Cougars, the 49ers improve to 4-2 and continue their winning streak at home.
"It was very important to bounce back in this one," said head coach John Cullen. "We were looking for a reaction and a response, and we got that tonight."
Charlotte set the tone for the game early on. Two of the team's three goals were scored in the first period alone. The Cougar defensive attack had no answer for the 49ers' ability to move the ball down the field.
The 49ers came out red-hot as they would get on the board early as freshman midfielder Macy Bader scored a goal in the game's ninth minute, which is her first of the season. This would light the fire for the team for the rest of the contest.
"I am super stoked to get into the score sheet for the first time," said Bader. "I'm super happy that I could help the team get better and get this win."
Both teams were in a stalemate until the 32nd minute when freshman defender Kiara Pralle added to the 49er lead. After that, Charlotte would control the rest of the game and protect their 2-0 lead.
The Cougars became more aggressive later in the first period, but their efforts went unrewarded. The 49er defense seemed to have an answer for everything that got thrown at them. Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Wakeman wracked up two saves in the first period and was vital in the first half for the team.
At the end of the first period, the Cougars had limited shots on goal with three. However, the 49ers continued to put pressure on the Cougars with nine shots in the first half.
The Cougars attempted to pick up their momentum early in the second period; they would be successful. In the 49th minute, a goal by freshman forward Delaney Dawes cut the lead to one. However, the college of Charleston was back in the game with the goal.
Despite their efforts, the 49ers were able to contain the Cougars for the rest of the game. However, the team was determined to seal the deal late in the second half.
In the 89th minute, Bader would solidify the win for the 49ers. Bader scored her second goal in the game this time off an assist from Junior midfielder Julia Patrum.
"There were times when we played frantically and times when we play frantic," said Cullen. "But look at the way that we finished in the final seconds of the game."
The 49ers will travel to Wilmington for the final non-conference game of the season to face the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington on Sunday, Sept. 12. The game will kick off at 4 p.m; inside UNCW Soccer Stadium.
"The challenge that we have for the girls is to win games on the road," said Cullen. "We have to win a game on the road to be able to show that we are of quality."