The Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team beat the Wofford Terriers 1-0 on Sunday, Aug. 29. The win is the third in a row for the team as they boast an undefeated record to start the season.
"We controlled the game, and I thought we had good possession throughout it," said head coach John Cullen. "It was a good win, and it's a clean sheet going into our next contest."
Charlotte came into this game looking to start the season 3-0, something they haven't done since 2013. The 49ers looked good the game prior, getting three goals against Gardner-Webb while shutting them out. Through the first three games of the season, not only have the Niners remained undefeated, they haven't allowed a single goal.
Both teams were off to a slow start in the first half. Charlotte managed to put up seven shots in the half while Wofford could only muster three, but neither team managed to get the ball in the back of the net.
Charlotte had a solid first period. While their seven shots didn't go in, the 49ers had the momentum going into the halftime break. The offensive pressure from Charlotte was high, but Wofford's defense was stout, getting four saves in the first period alone.
Charlotte came out firing in the second half, getting a shot off in the first three minutes. They kept the pressure up for a few minutes, but the 49ers still couldn't get on the scoreboard.
In the 59th minute, senior midfielder/forward Michaella Arteta got fouled and had the opportunity to score on a penalty kick. Instead, Arteta scored with ease which gave the 49ers their first lead of the contest.
The 49ers looked for an insurance goal but would not score the remainder of the match despite several close calls. The Niners held on to their 1-0 lead to seal the win and improve to 3-0 on the year.
Arteta was one of the key players that led the team to victory. In her first game back from injury, she was crucial in the 49ers' win. Despite her limited minutes, she had two of Charlotte's 14 shots and netted the match's only goal. In a post-game interview, Arteta talked about how she found success despite not being 100%.
"A lot of it has to do with your soccer IQ and communicating with the players around me, being aware of where they are, and telling them where to play the next pass," said Arteta. "I think the energy level was up, and we were able to connect passes and just create some pretty soccer and create some opportunities for us."
Another player key to the 49er victory was sophomore midfielder Piper Biziorek. Biziorek was a big part of the offensive attack for the Niners as in the 84th minute; she had a shot that missed just right of the net. She was a big reason for keeping the pressure on the Terriers defense in the second half.
Charlotte will hit the road for the first time this season. The team will travel to Buies Creek, NC, to face the Fighting Camels of Campbell University. The last time these two teams played each other was in 2019, as Charlotte bested Campbell 4-1. The game will take place Saturday, Sept. 4 at 4 pm in Eakes Athletic Complex.