Martha Thomas wards off defenders against VCU. Photo by Pooja Pasupula

After winning six games in a row, the Charlotte women’s soccer team’s win streak came to an end Friday night, losing at UTEP 1-0. With this loss, Charlotte falls to a 2-3 record on the road. In a windy atmosphere, the Charlotte women’s soccer team (7-4, 2-1 C-USA) lost their first game in conference play to the UTEP Miners (6-6, 1-1 C-USA).

The Miners lone goal was scored during the 20th minute by starting midfielder Jackie Soto. Soto stole the ball from the Niner defense and struck the ball to upper 90, leaving Charlotte goaltender Abby Stapleton no chance to make the save. Charlotte allowed their first goal since Sept. 10 against East Carolina.

Charlotte had their chances to score but could not capitalize on the opportunities. Starting forward, Megan Greene, had a total of eight shots, including six shots on goal. During the 18th minute, Megan had a point blank shot saved by the Miner goalie, Alyssa Palacios. Charlotte starters, Sophie Sipprell and Martha Thomas, had three shots each and combined for one shot on goal.

Charlotte freshman, Remi Roberts, almost scored in the 47 minute off of a corner kick but the header was saved by the Miner defense and the ball was cleared out. Megan Greene had one last chance for the Niners in the 90th minute with an open shot but the ball sailed over the crossbar.

The 49ers dominated the Miners on shots with a 19-9 shot advantage, along with a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal. Even though the Niners could not put one in the back of the net, Charlotte out-shot UTEP 13-4 in the second half.

UTEP goalie, Alyssa Palacios, was on top of her game Friday night saving every shot on target from the Niner offense.

Charlotte, looking to get back on track, will remain in Texas as they travel to San Antonio to play UTSA on Sunday Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.