Megan Greene moves around a defender. Photo by Chris Crews

In the final match of the regular season, Charlotte took an early 1-0 lead in the first half but allowed three unanswered goals, which lead to the 3-2 defeat by the Old Dominion Monarchs. With this loss, Charlotte has been winless in their last 5 matches and has not won since Oct. 8 against Florida Atlantic.

The Niners scored in the third minute of the game when Sophie Sipprell scored on an open net when the opposing goalkeeper was out of the box. The goal was assisted by starting defender Abby Taylor, which was her first point of her collegiate career.

Old Dominion responded with a goal in the 23rd minute by Iris Achterhof. Assisted by Natalie Johnson, Achterhof scored by shooting a hard shot to the right side that Charlotte goalie, Abby Stapleton, could not save. Achterhof scored again in the first half in the 36th minute, when she struck a shot past the Charlotte defenders, giving the Monarchs a  2-1 lead at halftime.

The Monarchs scored another goal in the 65th minute, with a goal coming from starting defender, Talia Tapper. With this goal, Charlotte allowed three unanswered goals, which put the Niners in a 3-1 goal deficit.

After going over 70 minutes without a goal, the Niners responded with a goal in the 76th minute with a goal by starting forward, Megan Greene. She scored off of a corner kick by her teammate, Virginia Lingo, which lead to Greene scoring off of a save. With this goal, Greene scored her 10th goal of the season.

Charlotte dominated the Monarchs in shots with a 18-10 advantage, along with a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal. The Niners also had 5 more corner kicks than the Monarchs.

Charlotte may have played their last soccer match of the 2017 season. The Niners are currently tied with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers for the eighth seed in the C-USA standings. However, the Hilltoppers play their final match of the season against the UAB Blazers, which will decide the Niners fate for the C-USA conference tournament. If this was the Niners last match of the 2017 season, Charlotte finished with an overall record of 9-8-1 and finished with a 4-5-1 record in C-USA play.

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