The Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team hosted the Wilmington Seahawks at Transamerica Field on Sunday afternoon. The Niners lost 3-1 to the Seahawks after falling behind early in the first half.
"There were some good individual performances out there, but we need a collective performance, and more importantly, sustain that level," said Head Coach Cullen in a postgame interview.
The game's first goal was by the Seahawks' Morgan Nanni, who converted her penalty kick in the 13th minute. Nanni's goal came before the Niners attempted their first shot.
The 49ers' first shot was by freshman Piper Biziorek which hit off the crossbar in the 34th minute. After a slow start on getting shots, the Niners turned it around and ended the half with seven shots compared to the Seahawks' six.
Wilmington's second goal came from Audrey Harding, whose shot whipped past Abby Stapleton to extend their lead to 2-0 in the 39th minute.
The second half of the match started rough for the 49ers. Fifty-four seconds into the second half, the Seahawks' Hayley Magnussen made a goal making the lead 3-0.
Charlotte was able to answer back in the 55th minute with a goal from Michaella Arteta, who scored off the assist from Piper Biziorek, making the score 3-1. This was the first goal for the Niners this season. The Niners had a missed opportunity in the 64th minute when Julia Patrum's penalty kick hit off the crossbar, keeping the match a two-goal difference.
"It's important to get the first goal of the season, but more importantly, it's about getting that first win," said Coach Cullen. "We've got work to do still as we strive for the first win so we can kick on."
With this defeat, the 49ers move to 0-2 on the season while the Seahawks now have a 1-1 record.
Biziorek and Arteta stood out for the Niners in this match. Biziorek came off the bench and attempted two shots while also earning an assist, while Arteta scored Charlotte's lone goal on a game-high five shots.
Despite starting 0-2 this season, Charlotte has a lot of opportunities for growth this season. Coach Cullen hopes to use this game to learn more about his team and improve as a team moving forward.
Charlotte opens up conference play on Friday, Feb. 26, when they play host to Old Dominion. Gametime is set for 2 p.m.