The men’s soccer team took a trip down to Florida Atlantic University and put the Owls in their place Saturday night by snatching up a 3-1 victory. With impressive goals by Daniel Bruce, Teddy Chaouche and Ryan Spaulding, the Niners were able to extend their record to (5-3-3) and (2-1-2) in conference play.
The first goal of the game was not scored until the 32nd minute after two corner kick attempts by Chaouche and three shots on goal by the Niners. Bruce scored his fourth goal of the season with an assist from teammate Joe Brito.
As half time neared, it looked like the game was going to be held at 1-0 when the teams hit the bench. With only 12 seconds left in the half, Chaouche launched a free kick from 35 yards, which settled in the net and gave Charlotte a 2-0 lead.
When the teams took the field again, the Owls came back charging with a goal in the 54th minute. FAU’s own Felix Halle Smith sunk a header into Charlotte’s net with an assist from his teammate Alvaro Rodriguez which brought the score up to 2-1.
The final goal of the game, and his first one of the season, was scored by Spaulding for the Niners in the 68th minute. After an attempted shot was blocked by FAU’s goalie Julian Murillo Toro, Spaulding took the rebound and extended Charlotte’s lead to 3-1.
The 49ers ended the game with 14 shots on goal, while FAU finished with six. Throughout the evening, Toro had three saves for the Owls and Elliot Panicco settled with zero for the Niners.
By the end of the night, Chaouche had four corner kicks in the first half and rounded out the game with five after he attempted his final one in the 77th minute. Rodriguez had three corner kicks for FAU, which all came about in the second half.
Charlotte will host a top-10 ranked Louisville Cardinals at the Transamerica field on Tuesday 17 at 7 p.m for another non-conference game.