On Friday the 13th, bad luck was in the air for the Niners women’s soccer team as they traveled to Louisiana Tech for a Conference USA battle. Charlotte put up a good fight but never had a lead in the match and fell to LA Tech 2-1.
Charlotte (9-5, 4-2 C-USA) started off struggling, only having two shots in the first half. The Niners were not playing good defense in the first half, allowing five shots in the first ten minutes, and allowing a total of ten shots total in the first half. Freshman goalie, Abby Stapleton, had a total of five saves in the first half and six total on the game. Abby stayed strong not allowing a goal to keep the score 0-0 going into halftime.
After the intermission, Louisiana Tech put in Jenna Dages off the bench in the 58th minute, which became very beneficial for the Bulldogs. Dages made her presence known right away, scoring the first goal of the game in the 60th minute. Unassisted, Jenna had her shot deflected by a defender but the ball went over Abby Stapleton’s head, making it a 1-0 lead for LA Tech.
Charlotte responded quickly, tying the game at 1 all during the 68th minute. Megan Greene scored her 9th goal of the season with a header off of a beautiful cross from her teammate, Remi Roberts.
The game was not tied for long as LA Tech took the lead back in the 72nd minute. Jenna Dages scored her second goal of the night off of a through ball from her teammate, Nomvula Kgoale. Dages shot the ball far post and scored, taking a 2-1 lead over Charlotte.
The Niners had a few more shots on target but none of them were put in the back of the net. Charlotte finished the night with a total of ten shots and five shots on target. Megan Greene and Riley Orr had three shots each and combined for three shots on target.
Charlotte will stay on the road when they play at Southern Mississippi on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.