The Charlotte 49ers women's soccer team took down the Florida International Panthers in dominating fashion 4-1. The win is the second straight road victory for the 49ers in a team effort, as every goal came from a different player.
"Winning conference games on the road means you have to do all the basics well, press the ball, win the battles and be clinical in front of goal, and tonight we were." said head coach John Cullen. "Four different goal scorers are great as it means we have goals from everywhere now, and that can only be a good thing going forward."
In the first minute of the game, Charlotte sophomore defender Kelly Hastings recorded the first shot, but the Panthers junior goalkeeper Ithaisa Vinoly came up big with a block.
The 49ers would break the deadlock in the seventh minute. Junior midfielder Julia Patrum got the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0 in the early going. It was Patrum's second goal of the season, assisted by Hastings.
The 49ers kept the pressure on the Panthers' defensive attack and added to their lead ten minutes later. Senior midfielder Michaella Arteta put the ball in the back of the net to make the Charlotte lead 2-0. Both Patrum and freshman defender Kiara Pralle got the assist.
The Panthers started to press the issue with two shots in a matter of four minutes but couldn't convert. However, FIU got back into the game as Noemi Paquin scored her fourth goal of the season to make the score 2-1 going into the halftime break.
The 49ers came out of halftime, firing on all cylinders. Charlotte had three shots on goal in 12 minutes in hopes of extending their lead.
In the 66th minute, Charlotte freshman midfielder Macey Bader scored her fourth goal of the season to give the team their two-goal lead back by a score of 3-1. Michaella Arteta recorded the assist on the goal.
Four minutes later, Charlotte got on the scoreboard once again. This time sophomore midfielder Piper Biziorek found the back of the net to give the Niners a 4-1 lead.
Florida International tried to get back into the game on the offensive side of the ball but would but was unable as Charlotte's defense proved to be too much. The Panthers could only manage one shot in the last 20 minutes of the contest. As a result, the 49ers could close out the game with a 4-1 victory.
Charlotte led the game in shots with nine shots to FIU's six. The Niners also led the game in corners with nine to the Panthers two. Four different Niners scored, while Macey Bader led the game in shots with four.
"For us to come in tonight and get an essential and vital win shows the character of our group, and the aspect we like is we are improving with every game now," said Cullen.
Charlotte will return home to Transamerica field on Friday, Oct. 8, as they take on the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State on senior night. The game will kick off at 7 p.m and will be broadcast on CUSA.tv.