Charlotte loses in final seconds against UTEP

| October 1, 2016
Martha Thomas after the UTEP goal with 19 seconds remaining. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.

Martha Thomas after the UTEP goal with 19 seconds remaining. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.

The 49ers women’s soccer team allowed a goal with 19 seconds remaining to lose an absolute heartbreaker, 4-3, to the UTEP Minors Friday night at Transamerica Field, despite┬áscoring three goals in the second half.

UTEP (8-2-2, 1-1 C-USA) proved to be the aggressors directly after kickoff, scoring at the 5:41 mark when Jeanna Mullen dribbled a ball by Charlotte’s keeper Anna Sheldon, giving the Minors a one-goal advantage.

Heading into halftime, the 49ers (6-5, 2-1 C-USA) trailed 1-0, but led UTEP in shots, 9-to-2. Coming out of the break, the Minors scored in the 50th minutes, as Bri Barreiro sent a free-kick into the box, finding the head of Aleah Davis, flicking it by Sheldon to go up 2-0.

Charlotte’s comeback was sparked by a Martha Thomas score at the 52:17 mark, sprinting through and by the UTEP defense, angling herself for a perfect shot to the back of the net.

Rebecca Beatty, senior tri-captain for Charlotte, placed a ball into the cage from outside the 18-yard box at the 58:30 mark, tying the game at two with just over 30 minutes remaining in the contest.

Ten minutes later, the Minors scored on a Lauren Crenshaw pass to Yesenia Contreras, giving UTEP a 3-2 advantage. Just 10 seconds later, the 49ers used a cross from Megan Greene just outside the box to Thomas, sitting at the back post, heading into the back of the net to tie the game, now 3-3.

With 19 seconds remaining, Kennadie Chaudhary of UTEP turned and shot a laser past a diving Sheldon to clinch the victory over Charlotte.

This is the 49ers first loss of the season at Transamerica field, falling to 4-1 at home. Charlotte will stay at home as UTSA visits the Niners Sunday at 1 p.m.

Riley Orr on a free kick for Charlotte. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.

Riley Orr on a free kick for Charlotte. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.

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Category:Sports, Women's Soccer

Trevor Wilt is the co-sports editor for the Niner Times from Concord, North Carolina. He is a communications major with a journalism minor. Trevor also works with the campus radio station, Radio Free Charlotte, where he host his own sports show and also does play-by-play commentating for the men's and women's basketball teams.

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Trevor Wilt is the co-sports editor for the Niner Times from Concord, North Carolina. He is a communications major with a journalism minor. Trevor also works with the campus radio station, Radio Free Charlotte, where he host his own sports show and also does play-by-play commentating for the men's and women's basketball teams.