Niners win in the final minutes

Charlotte opened home slate with a 1-0 victory on Saturday night

| August 27, 2017

Post-goal celebrations from the 49ers. Photo by Chris Crews

The Charlotte men’s soccer team opened their home season with a 1-0 victory over the Winthrop Falcons Saturday at TransAmerica stadium in a long fought defensive battle. The 15th ranked 49ers have now won 10 of their last 11 home openers.

“I think there are a lot of positives that we can take away from this game,” Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. “We had a lot of near miss chances but we just kept going and going and going and that’s the real big positive thing for us tonight. That mindset and emphasis for us to keep going, limit your opponent, and if it doesn’t fall our way don’t think that it’s not going to be our night.”

In the 88th minute, a fight for the ball at midfield led to a breakaway that left Daniel Bruce alone with the goalie after beating a few Winthrop defenders. Bruce dumped the ball off to freshman forward Fernando Garcia who put the ball in the back of the net.

Elliot Panico, Charlotte goalkeeper, recorded his 11th career shutout. With help from defenders Callum Montgomery, Sean Bowman, Zhuvonte Wilson, Noah Seach and Luke Johnson, Charlotte’s defense was able to hold Winthrop to only two shot attempts that came early in the first half.

Charlotte outgunned Winthrop the whole game taking 27 shots in comparison to Winthrop two. Ryan Spaulding attempted eight shots. Marco Sunol-Rojas and Bruce both put up five shots each. Garcia and Teddy Chaouche took two shots each as well.

Charlotte returns to action on the road in Orlando, Florida this Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m. against UCF.

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