#16 Fernando Garcia takes the field before Charlotte’s game against ODU. Photo by Chris Crews

After coming off a tie game against UAB on Tuesday night, Charlotte took the field Friday to play Old Dominion. Despite an early 1-0 lead in the first half, the 49ers (3-3-3, C-USA 1-1-2) lost 2-1 to the Monarchs (7-1-2, C-USA 4-0-0) at home.

Charlotte scored their first and only goal of the game in the first period just inside the sixth-minute. With a couple of assists from teammates Zhuvonte Wilson and Daniel Bruce, freshman forward Fernado Garcia was able to score his second goal as a 49er.

Carlotte kept the Monarchs at bay for the rest of the first period, blocking them from making a single shot on goal. The Niners rounded out the period with six shots on goal and tied ODU with seven fouls.

Both teams entered the second period with a lot of energy, but it ultimately belonged to the Monarchs. The first yellow card of the game was pulled in the 56th minute on Garett Walke of ODU, but that did not stop the Monarchs. They scored their first goal to tie the game shortly after, in the 60th minute.

Following a few consecutive fouls on ODU, Bruce attempted a penalty kick, which would have resulted in the Niners taking the lead back. However, the ball went sailing over the net leaving the score tied at 1-1. Two minutes later in the 80th minute, Max Wilschrey scored on a penalty shot for the Monarchs, which broke the tie and gave them the lead for the rest of the game.

The second and last yellow card of the game was pulled on ODU for player Hans Kroschwitz in the 81st minute. After a few last-ditch-effort shots by Charlotte, their night ended in a disappointing defeat.

The Niners concluded the game with 17 shots on goal, while the Monarchs only had three. ODU goalie Mertcan Akar had a total of nine saves throughout both periods, and 49er Elliot Panicco rounded the game out with two. Overall it was a tough night for the Niners in only their third loss of season.

“We have no choice,” head coach Kevin Langan said after the game. “We just gotta come in tomorrow and work.”

Charlotte looks to even the score when they host the Radford Highlanders at the Transamerica Field on Tuesday Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in another non-conference game.


Veronica Shoemaker is a sophomore at UNC Charlotte from Livonia Michigan. She packed up her life and moved down to North Carolina to chase a career in NASCAR. She is working towards a Communications and Spanish double-major with a minor in Journalism. She is also a huge sports fan, a part-time artist, and a writer for the Niner Times sport section.