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Charlotte goes down in double overtime

Panicco attempts a save. Photo by Chris Crews

Charlotte’s goalkeeper, Elliot Panicco, finished the game with a season-high nine saves, but it was not enough as the 49ers fell on the road to the Radford Highlanders 2-1 in double overtime. With this overtime loss, Charlotte (6-3-1) falls to 2-3-1 on the road this season.

The 49ers came out of the gates aggressive on the offensive end. Charlotte finished the first half with eight shots, but could not capitalize on any of those scoring opportunities.

Radford made some substitutions to start the second half and it paid off for the Highlanders. At the 46:22 mark, Amadou Diop came off the bench and scored the first goal of the game when he maneuvered his way around Panicco and kicked the ball into the back of the net.

In the 79th minute, Charlotte responded with a goal of their own when Teddy Chaouche sent a corner kick into the box and Patrick Hogan headed the ball into the net, tying the game at 1 all. Chaouche records his fourth assist on the season and third assist in the last four games.

The Highlanders attempted three shots in the final five minutes of the second half, but Panicco made crucial saves in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime. Radford attempted 12 shots in the second half. Panicco stayed strong in the cage, racking up eight of his nine saves in the second half.

In both overtime periods, the 49er offense became stagnant, as it could not get into any offensive rhythm and was held to only one shot in overtime.

As the game was coming to an end, Radford created one last offensive attack to score. With just under three minutes left to play in double overtime, Amadou Diop scored the game-winning goal from outside the box when he bent the ball around the 49er defenders into the right upper 90 and ricocheted the ball off the post, which was just out of reach for Panicco to save.

Radford out-shot Charlotte 20-16 in the game. The Niners were led by Daniel Bruce who finished the game with a season-high eight shots and six shots on target, but was held goalless after scoring in back-to-back games. Charlotte’s leading scorer, Tommy Madden, was held to just one shot.

Charlotte returns home when they take on the FIU Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Charlotte held scoreless in first C-USA loss

Charlotte took their four-game win streak into Mississippi when they played Southern Miss in a tough C-USA battle. The Golden Eagles grabbed an early lead over the Niners and never looked back as Charlotte fell 1-0 on the road.

The Niners (8-4, 4-1 C-USA) were held scoreless for the third time this season and the first time in a Conference USA game. This loss marks Charlotte’s fourth loss on the road.

The lone goal of the match came in the 10th minute when Hannah Abrams delivered a pass to Olivia Durham, who maneuvered her way through the 49er defense and scored, giving the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead. After the goal was scored, the 49ers played solid defense, leaving Southern Miss with only one shot on goal the rest of the first half.

The second half went back and forth between the two teams, as both teams had scoring opportunities throughout the entire half. Starting in the 60th minute, Charlotte had three scoring opportunities in a two-minute span but all of the shots were off target.

The Niner offense had a rough time tonight trying to get scoring opportunities, as they tied a season-low three shots on target off of 12 total shots.

49er goalkeeper, Abby Stapleton, played a great game in goal, racking up five saves in the game. Stapleton recorded four of her five saves in the second half, which kept her team in the game.

Charlotte’s leading goal scorer, Megan Greene, was held to only two shots, both of which went wide of the net.

The 49ers came into this game at the top of the C-USA standings with a 4-0 record, but with this loss, they now fall into second place only behind FAU.

Charlotte will stay on the road this weekend as they take on Middle Tennessee on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.

Slow start haunts Charlotte in loss

Chris Reynolds runs the ball. Photo by Chris Crews

Charlotte’s lone win last season came against the UAB Blazers at home in overtime, and they were looking to continue their winning ways against UAB on Saturday, Sept. 29. However, the 49ers got off to a sluggish start and fell to the Blazers on the road 28-7.

Charlotte (2-3, 1-1 C-USA) came out of the gates slow again for the second straight week, allowing back to back touchdowns on the first two possessions for the Blazers. UAB (3-1, 1-0 C-USA) scored on the opening drive of the game when AJ Erdely found Andre Wilson for a 35-yard touchdown.

Charlotte was able to move the ball down the field on their opening possession, but the drive ended when Chris Reynolds threw the ball into traffic and was intercepted by the UAB defense. The Blazers then drove 73 yards down the field and scored their second touchdown of the game. This marks back-to-back games where Charlotte has allowed touchdowns on the opponents’ first two possessions.

One of Charlotte’s weaknesses this season is getting the offense going early in games. In the last two outings, Charlotte has been held scoreless in the first quarter while allowing 42 points combined. Through five games this season, Charlotte has been outscored 58-10 in the first quarter.

UAB continued to scorch the 49er defense in the second quarter when AJ Erdely ran the ball in from four yards out for the score which capped off a 75 yard touchdown drive for the Blazers. Charlotte was unable to get anything going on offense in the first half as the 49ers were held to 55 yards of offense in the entire first half. On the other side, UAB finished the half with 284 total yards and lead 21-0 at halftime.

The 49er defense held strong in the second half, forcing UAB to go three-and-out on their first three drives. Charlotte had a promising drive in the third quarter as they marched down the field to the Blazer 44 yard line. The drive ended when Reynolds threw an incomplete pass intended for Mark Quattlebaum, turning the ball over on downs.

Charlotte’s offense played a lot better in the second half as the offense accounted for 208 total yards. Charlotte’s longest play from scrimmage came in the fourth quarter when Chris Reynolds found Rico Arnold on a fly route for 48 yards. Later in the drive, Charlotte would score their lone touchdown of the game when Reynolds scored off of a designed quarterback run from four yards out.

Charlotte had a chance to hold UAB to a field goal late in the fourth quarter when AJ Erdely threw an incomplete pass on third down. However, Charlotte was called for a pass interference call on the play, which led to a rushing touchdown from Spencer Brown, giving the Blazers a 28-7 lead.

Charlotte finished the game with 263 total yards, while UAB finished the game with a total of 330 yards of offense. The Blazers were held to 46 total yards of offense in the second half.

In the last two games, Chris Reynolds has thrown for a combined 485 passing yards and five touchdowns. However, Reynolds could not continue to throw with his hot hand tonight as he finished the game 17-of-25 passing for only 194 yards and one interception against the Blazers.

Rico Arnold finished the game with six receptions for 101 yards for the Niners, marking Arnold’s first 100-yard receiving game of his young career. Through five games this season, Charlotte has had a receiver reach 100 receiving yards in three games while only recording one in 2017.

One bright spot for Charlotte was the rushing attack from Benny LeMay, who ended the game with 14 carries for 83 yards. LeMay now has a total of 1321 rushing yards in his career, which moves him into second for all-time rushing yards at Charlotte, only behind Kalif Phillips.

UAB came into Saturday’s game averaging 280 rushing yards per game, the 8th best in the nation. Charlotte made an emphasis to stop the strong rushing attack from the Blazers, as the Niners held UAB to a season-low 116 rushing yards.

Charlotte has next Saturday off as they have their bye week. The 49ers will look to start strong in October when they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Charlotte draws with No. 6 Louisville

Niners stand at the ready during pregame. Photo by Chris Crews

The Charlotte 49ers (3-1-1) went up 2-0 in the first half against the No. 6 ranked Louisville Cardinals (4-1-1), but the Niners struggled in the second half, leading to a 2-2 overtime draw.

Charlotte pulled ahead early, scoring the first goal of the game in the sixth minute when redshirt sophomore, Patrick Hogan, scored off of a rebound save. The 49ers increased the lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute when Maclean Holbrook passed the ball to Ethan Sawdon who shot the ball into the back of the net. Both Hogan and Sawdon scored their first goals of their collegiate careers Tuesday night.

In the 38th minute, Charlotte was called for a handball in the box which lead to a penalty kick goal from Geoffrey Dee for the Cardinals. Charlotte went into halftime up 2-1 and with a 6-4 advantage in shots.

The Cardinals started the second half strong on the offensive end as Louisville tied the game at two in the 46th minute when Adam Wilson shot the ball past the 49er defenders and goalkeeper. There were not many opportunities for the Niners in the second half, as the Cardinals dominated the possession, which caused Charlotte to go the entire second half without a shot.

Charlotte had their best opportunity to win the game during the second overtime period when Preston Popp fired a hard shot on target, but it was saved by Louisville’s goalie Jake Gelnovatch.

The Niners finished the game with a total of nine shots and six shots on target, led by Patrick Hogan and Preston Popp with two shots a piece.

Charlotte will continue their Kentucky road trip when the Niners travel to Lexington to play the No. 7 ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte blanks Elon, 2-0

Jamie Fankhauser prepares to strike the ball. Photo by Chris Crews

Megan Greene led the way for Charlotte (4-2-0) on Thursday night as the Niners coasted to a 2-0 victory against the Elon Phoenix (2-2-3). This win marks Charlotte’s first road win of the season and fourth shutout on the year.

The Niners scored the first goal of the game in the 33rd minute when Jamie Fankhauser struck the ball into the back of the net from inside the box off of a cross from Julia Grainda. Charlotte went into the half up 1-0 and a 7-4 advantage on shots.

Charlotte notched their second goal of the night in the 59th minute when Megan Greene scored an unassisted goal off of a hard grounded shot that went right past the goalkeeper.

The Niners finished the game outshooting the Phoenix 15-13. Elon ended the game with a 7-6 advantage in shots on target. Megan Greene lead the way in shots with a total of five shots and three shots on target. Michaella Arteta, Annie Sorando and Sophie Sipprell had two shots each for the Niners. Hannah Doherty lead the way for the Phoenix, finishing the game with three total shots and two shots on goal.

49ers goalkeeper, Abby Stapleton, stopped every shot on target, finishing the game with seven saves.

Charlotte will finish off their non-conference schedule as they travel to Greenville to play East Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.

Men’s basketball drops 11th straight in heart-breaking fashion

Najee Garvin reacts after the game. Photo by Chris Crews.

Charlotte was leading by one with under six seconds remaining and was about to earn their first win in the last 11 contests but the 49ers allowed Paul Thomas for UTEP to score the game-winning layup with two seconds remaining, leading to the Niners heartbreaking loss 87-86.

“You’re one or two plays away from securing what you are working for,” Charlotte interim head coach Houston Fancher said. “We looked like we never practiced in the first five minutes of the game. It was comical the things that we were doing. But to our credit, we fought back. We fought our way back into the game and put ourselves in position to win a basketball game”.

After scoring the first points of the game off of a Jon Davis jumper, Charlotte was out-scored 29-5 and forced Coach Fancher to call two timeouts in the first six minutes of the game. After making some shots, Charlotte regained their stride and started to fight their way back into the game.

Charlotte, trailing by 22 points, went on a 8-0 run lead by Andrien White to cut the lead down to under 15. Trailing 48-31 with 3:49 remaining in the first half, Charlotte finished the half strong, making their last four shots of the half, which were all three-pointers. UTEP guard, Omega Harris, made a three-pointer as time expired, as UTEP lead 53-45 going into the second half.

Both teams were on fire from behind the arc as both teams made nine three-pointers in the first half. White lead the Niners with 17 points in the first half and Evan Gilyard led the Miners with 14 points.

The Niners continued to fight back but could not take the lead as UTEP held a six-point lead with 17:09 remaining. With Charlotte trailing 61-55, Austin Ajukwa scored six straight points to tie the game at 61 all. Davis made a mid-range jumper to give Charlotte a 63-61 lead, which was the first time the Niners lead since 2-0.

With Charlotte trailing by three, the Niners went on an 12-3 run to take their largest lead of the night, 82-75. With 4:20 remaining, UTEP responded with six unanswered points to cut the deficit to one point. After both teams traded buckets, Charlotte remained in the lead with under two minutes remaining, as the Niners looked to close out their first win in the last 11 games.

With under a minute remaining in the game, Jailan Haslem made a pair of free throws to give Charlotte a three point lead. The Miners would quickly respond with a layup from Evan Gilyard to put the lead back to one for the Niners. Jon Davis went to the line and missed the front end of a one-and-one, which gave UTEP a chance. Evan Gilyard missed a layup with eight seconds remaining but Charlotte could not get the crucial rebound, as three 49er teammates were fighting for the rebound. Paul Thomas made a quick spin move around Najee Garvin to set up the game-winning layup to give UTEP an 87-86 thrilling win over the Niners.

Ajukwa had the hot hand, scoring a season-high 24 points off of five made three-pointers. White followed up Ajukwa with 21 points. Davis finished the game with 12 points and nine assists and Luka Vasic finished the game with 12 points off of 4-for-5 shooting from three-point land.

UTEP had five players score in double figures tonight, lead by Evan Gilyard and Isiah Osborne with 22 points each. Paul Thomas recorded a double-double for the Miners with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Interim head coach Houst0n Fancher talked about how they need to get off to a better start so they do not fall behind like they did tonight.

“We talked about slow starts all week. We had that slow start again. We need to eliminate that. I thought we were prepared and focused but what gets us going are making shots and we didn’t do that the first few possessions.”

Fancher was pleased with his players effort even after muffing the rebound late in the game.

“There’s not many times I’m gonna argue when we have three guys chasing a rebound.”

Charlotte returns to action when they host the UTSA Roadrunners on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

Charlotte drops to ODU, losing streak reaches 6

Ryan Murphy checks in with Houston Fancher. Photo by Pooja Pasupula

Ryan Murphy scored a career-high 27 points tonight for the Niners but it was not enough as Charlotte fell to Old Dominion (16-4, 7-1 C-USA) at home 88-66. With this loss, Charlotte falls to a 5-14 overall record and 1-7 in conference play. The Niners are currently on a six game losing streak and have now lost eight of their last nine games.

“Old Dominion is a really good basketball team. They are on top of our league [conference] for a reason,” Charlotte interim head coach Houston Fancher said. “Two areas that they really dominate in are rebounding and they are stingy defensively. The thing that we do is turn the ball over too much and tonight they had 22 points off our turnovers. They also had a lot of second chance shot opportunities in the second half.”

Charlotte scored the first points of the game off a three-pointer by Ryan Murphy. Old Dominion responded with a 10-0 run of their own to take a 10-3 lead. After taking the lead, Old Dominion would not look back as the Monarchs never lost the lead for the rest of the game.

With 9:59 remaining in the first half, Charlotte was only down 21-16 after a made jumper from Austin Ajukwa. Old Dominion would then go on a 15-2 run to take a 36-18 lead. During that span, Charlotte committed five fouls and turned the ball over six times, which lead to easy fast break points for the Monarchs. The Niners would finish the half strong with a 16-4 run lead by Ryan Murphy to cut the deficit down to six points as Charlotte trailed 40-34 going into the second half.

Old Dominion would open the second half strong with a 16-6 run to take a commanding double-digit lead over the Niners. Charlotte would end the run with a pair of made jumpers from Ryan Murphy and Austin Ajukwa. With a 60-44 lead for Old Dominion, The Monarchs would continue to dominate as their lead never dropped below 15 points for the rest of the game.

Murphy was on fire for the Niners, scoring 27 points off of 9-for-11 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the three-point line. Without Murphy tonight, Charlotte only shot 33 percent from the field and 3-for-11 from behind the arc. Jon Davis only needed one more assist to receive his second double-double of the season, as he finished the game with 14 points and nine assists.

Fancher was complementary of Ryan Murphy tonight.

“No one works harder than Ryan does. He shot the ball well.” Fancher said.

On the other hand, Fancher was not pleased with his front court players.

“Our post players gave us little to nothing out there tonight and we need them to compete against a team like Old Dominion because they are so physical on the inside. This is the first night I would say that we got physically manhandled. We didn’t answer. We answered with fouling instead of physicality and there’s a big difference there. They got to be more physical than they were tonight. It was the first thing we talked about in the locker room tonight was how we got handled in the paint tonight,” Fancher said.

Charlotte finished the game shooting 22-for-40 from the field and 9-for-17 from three-point range.

Old Dominion ended the game with four players in double-figures, lead by Randy Haynes with 24 points. Brandan Stith finished the game with 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Monarchs.

Charlotte was out-hustled tonight, as they were outscored in points in the paint, second chance points and fast break points. The Niners were also out-rebounded 38-19.

In the month of January, Charlotte finished with a 1-6 record after winning their first game of the new year on Jan. 4 at North Texas. The Niners look to improve going into February when they host UAB on Thursday Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

Charlotte blows 15-point lead, lose 67-58

Laia Raventos dribbles around a defender. Photo by Chris Crews

Charlotte led by 15 points in the first half but could not maintain the lead as the Niners fell to the UTEP Miners 67-58. This loss marks Charlotte’s first defeat in conference play this season.

Laia Raventos had a solid stat line tonight, scoring 20 points along with six assists, five rebounds and four steals. Octavia Wilson also poured in 11 points and six rebounds for the Niners. The Miners were lead by Tamara Seda, who recorded a double-double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Najala Howell also put up 16 points and Zuzanna Puc tallied 12 points off the bench for the Miners.

Charlotte (6-10, 2-1 C-USA) started off the game strong, scoring 14 of the game’s first 19 points, including a quick 4-0 start to the game off of great defensive plays from Raventos and Dara Pearson. Both teams kept trading buckets for the rest of the quarter as the Niners went into the second quarter leading 18-10.

The 49ers opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run off of made buckets from Pearson and Raventos. Wilson made a pair of free throws to increase the lead to 25-10. With 6:18 remaining in the second quarter, Charlotte held their largest lead of the night, 25-10. However, the Miners started to mount their comeback led by Seda and Puc. The duo combined to score 10 points, as the Miners outscored the Niners 13-4 for the rest of the quarter. Charlotte was still in the lead 29-23 going into the second half. Wilson scored 10 of her 11 points in the first half.

Charlotte started the third quarter off with a three-pointer from Amaya Ransom, which pushed the lead to nine for the Niners. After Ransom’s made three, Charlotte struggled to make shots for the rest of the quarter as the Miners went on a 9-0 run to tie the game up a 32-32 off of a made triple from Katarina Zec. Wilson made a free throw to end the Miners run and take the lead back. However, UTEP did not take their foot of the gas, as the Miners scored the next nine points to take an eight point lead. Raventos made a mid-range jumper to end the scoring drought for Charlotte. However the Miners scored the last five points in the third quarter, as UTEP led 46-35 going into the final quarter.

The Miners lead by 15 points in the second quarter, Charlotte was outscored by 26 points through the third quarter. During that span, The Niners only shot 3-for-18 from the field and committed nine turnovers.

The 49ers opened the fourth quarter by scoring the first seven points off of jump shots from Pearson and Lauren Harley. With the deficit down to four points, Charlotte missed their next three shots and committed a turnover which costed the Niners. UTEP converted points off of the 49ers misses, as the Miners lead by nine points with over five minutes remaining. Raventos helped the Niners stay in the game as she scored nine consecutive points for Charlotte, including a made three-pointer which cut the deficit down to four points with three minutes remaining. Charlotte could not get the defensive stops they needed down the stretch as both teams continued to trade baskets. Raventos scored a jumper with a minute remaining but UTEP dominated the final minute of the game, as Charlotte fell to the Miners on the road.

Charlotte will remain in Texas to finish off their three-game road trip when they take on North Texas on Saturday Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.

Last second shot leads to 70-68 Niner win

Norm with fans during a game. Photo by Chris Crews

Charlotte won a hard fought road game on Thursday night by a last-second tip-in from Milos Supica to give the Niners a 70-68 victory over North Texas (9-7, 2-1 C-USA). The Serbian big man scored the game winning put-back off of a missed 3-point shot from Andrien White. With this victory, Charlotte moves to a 5-8 record on the season and have won their first conference game of the season.

The game was very close for all 40 minutes, as neither team lead by more than nine points. North Texas had their largest lead of the game with 1:11 remaining when the score was 67-63. Charlotte responded with a three-point play from Jon Davis off of a hard driving layup, which cut the lead to 67-66. Charlotte took the lead with 27 seconds remaining with a tip-in from Supica off of a missed jumper from Davis.

With Charlotte leading 68-67, the Niners fouled North Texas with eight seconds left and sent Allante Holston to the line for the Mean Green. Holston would make the first free throw but missed the next which lead to Supica making the game winner for the Niners.

Charlotte had an average shooting night, as the 49ers combined to shoot 24-for-64, 5-for-24 from the 3-point line and 17-for-24 from the free throw line. The Niners had three players in double figures, including White with 23, Davis with 15 and Supica off the bench with 11. These three players combined to shoot 16-for-44, 4-for-15 from the 3-point line and 13-for-16 from the free throw line.

The Niners were out-rebounded 41-39 but Charlotte edged the Mean Green on offensive rebounds 12-9, which was very crucial for Charlotte’s victory. White and Supica tallied nine rebounds each and Najee Garvin contributed eight rebounds. The three leading rebounders for the game combined to grab nine offensive rebounds and 17 defensive rebounds. White also recorded a game-high 3 steals.

North Texas had three starters score in double figures. Roosevelt Smart came into tonight’s game as the leading scorer, averaging 18.3 points per game, for the Mean Green and was held to 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Ryan Woolridge lead the game with 11 assists.

Ever since the departure of Hudson Price, Charlotte has been lead by junior Andrien White over the last four games. During that span, White has averaged 23 points per game on 51 percent shooting from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc. Over the last four games, White has also averaged seven rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

Charlotte will finish their six-game road trip when they travel to Houston, Texas to play Rice on Saturday Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.

Charlotte loses C-USA Opener 89-58

Jon Davis drives to the basket against Wake Forest. Photo by Chris Crews

Charlotte (4-8, 0-1) finished their final game in 2017 with a loss to Old Dominion (10-3, 1-0) 89-58. The Niners allowed a season-high 89 points. Charlotte got off to a slow start and could not bring it back before the game got out of control.

After starting the season off 3-2, The Niners have lost six of their last seven games falling to a 4-8 record and 0-1 in conference play. Charlotte is currently on a 6-game road trip and is 1-4 during the stretch.

The 49ers had a rough first half as they combined to shoot 6-for-26 from the field and 0-for-7 from the 3-point line, which lead to Charlotte only scoring 16 points in the first half. Jon Davis lead the Niners with six points in the first half.

Charlotte scored the first two points of the game when Jailan Haslem scored off of a put-back layup. That two-point lead was the only time Charlotte lead in the game as Old Dominion went on a 13-0 run and never looked back. Charlotte came as close as down 19-11 with 8:37 left in the first half but Old Dominion finished the half strong with a 23-5 run and lead 42-16 at half.

The 49ers shot better in the second half making 10 of their 26 shots from the field, 5-for-10 from the 3-point line and 17-for-25 from the free throw line. Andrien White scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half.

Charlotte only had two players in double figures. The Niners were lead by starting guard, Andrien White, who scored 23 points off of 7-for-12 shooting, 3-for-5 from behind the arc and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Junior guard, Jon Davis, was the only other player to score in double figures with 10 points.

Old Dominion had four of their five starters score in double digits and were led by Ahmad Caver who scored 22 points off of 8-for-13 shooting. B.J Stith, Randy Haynes and Trey Porter scored 16 points each for the Monarchs. Old Dominion finished the game with a good stat line; 31-58 from the field, 7-15 from the 3-point line and 20-26 from the free throw line.

Charlotte was out-rebounded 43-34 in the game but the Niners edged the Monarchs with two more offensive rebounds which lead to more second chance points opportunities. White and Bryant Thomas lead the 49ers with six rebounds each. Charlotte had five players get at least four rebounds in the game.

The Niners finished the game with 22 turnovers and 16 made field goals, which is not a good formula for winning basketball.

Charlotte, looking to improve in 2018, continue their six-game road trip into Texas when they play their next C-USA game against North Texas on Thursday Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.

49ers hold off High Point; win 70-67

Hudson Price goes to the rim earlier in the season against Methodist. Photo by Chris Crews

The game came down to the final buzzer but Charlotte (3-2) held off High Point (2-3) with a 70-67 win. The Niners were led by starting guard Hudson Price with 17 points.

Head Coach Mark Price spoke very highly of Hudson with his performance tonight.

“With guys out we needed someone to step up, and Hudson did that for us tonight. He played 35 minutes tonight, had to play three or four different positions wherever we needed him. He makes good decisions out on the floor. He is a guy we know we can trust to play through in those situations and I thought he did a good job of getting to the free throw line and using the contact in the second half,” Price said.

Hudson finished the game with a perfect night shooting, going 4-for-4 shooting, 2-for-2 from behind the arc and 7-for-7 at the free throw line. Charlotte had six players score more than seven points, including 13 from Najee Garvin and nine from Jon Davis. Luka Vasic and Jailan Haslem had eight points each.

Brandonn Kamga, High Point guard, led his team and the game in scoring with 26 points. High Point’s leading scorer, Andre Fox, was held to only ten points and 2-12 shooting.

Charlotte shot well in the first half, shooting 50 percent from the field and were in the lead the entire half. The Niners went into halftime with a 38-33 lead. However, the Panthers started the second half strong with a 13-5 run, when they took their first lead of the night, 46-43. The Panthers lead did not last long as Charlotte responded with a run of their own, outscoring High Point 19-6 and taking a 62-52 lead. Charlotte finished the game shooting 48.9 percent from the field and an efficient 4-for-9 from the 3-point line.

Charlotte capitalized on the 20 turnovers from High Point, scoring 28 points off of those turnovers.

High Point and Charlotte were neck and neck for rebounds in the first half, with High Point having 16-15 rebound advantage and each team having four offensive rebounds. Charlotte was out-rebounded 18-12 in the second half and 34-27 overall.

The 49ers leading scorer, Jon Davis, went down in the second half with 11:46 remaining, when he rolled his ankle trying to defend a shot. Davis returned to the floor with 1:23 left to help his Niner teammates finish the game. After the game, Price said he did not know the severity of the injury, but they will “take it day by day.”

Najee Garvin scored 9 of his 13 points in the second half. Garvin was very involved during Davis’ absence, stealing the ball on defense and leading the fast break for the offense. The Niners scored 24 from the bench, including 13 from Garvin and 7 from Milos Supica.

Charlotte had an opportunity to close the game out when Luka Vasic went to the line with a three-point lead and only 12 seconds remaining. Vasic missed both free throws, which led to Andre Fox missed the game-tying 3-point shot that would have sent the game into overtime.

The referees were blowing the whistle a lot, as Charlotte had 23 fouls and High Point had 28 fouls in the game. Both teams were in foul trouble tonight as the Niners finished with two players fouling out and the Panthers had one player foul out and three players with four fouls.

Charlotte finished the game with 20 made free throws on 37 attempts. The Niners shot 25 of their 37 attempts in the second half and only shot 48 percent from the line in the second half. Price, a very good free throw shooter in his career, was not pleased with the free throw shooting tonight.

“Absolutely drives me crazy. I think we missed more free throws tonight than I did in a whole season one year,” Price said.

Charlotte returns to action when they take on Davidson at home on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

Charlotte drops final match in regular season

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.

Charlotte falls in second half thriller

Megan Greene races against a Georgia defender earlier in the season. Photo by Chris Crews

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.

Charlotte dominates in fifth shutout of season

Martha Thomas goes for the ball against VCU. Photo by Pooja Pasupula

Charlotte rebounded from Friday Night’s loss with a dominating 3-0 shutout victory against UTSA. The Niners (8-4, 3-1 C-USA), led by captain Martha Thomas, controlled the entire match against a struggling Roadrunners squad (2-9, 1-3 C-USA).

Charlotte scored their first goal of the game in the 29th minute, when Sophie Sipprell hit a hard shot saved by the UTSA goalie Michelle Cole, which led to a rebound goal by Megan Greene, her eighth goal of the season. Charlotte took their 1-0 lead into halftime.

Charlotte came out of the intermission scoring early. In the 54th minute senior forward, Martha Thomas, maneuvered her way through the UTSA defense and shot near post for the goal. Thomas was not done yet, as she scored her 9th goal of the season in the 61st minute. Megan Greene assisted Thomas by playing a through ball ahead of the defense leading to Greene chipping the ball over the goalie for the 3-0 goal lead. With a two goal game for Thomas, she now has a total of nine goals this season and 43 goals in her career at Charlotte.

Charlotte was in control in all three phases of the game. The Niners outshot the Roadrunners 13-4, including a 6-1 advantage in shots on target. Freshman goalie, Abby Stapleton, was not busy Sunday, only seeing three shots by the Roadrunners and one shot on goal.

UTSA had their best chance to score in the 26th minute. Jordyn Lacy navigated her way through the Niner defense shooting a hard shot on goal forcing Abby Stapleton to make a diving save to knock the ball away. This opportunity turned out to be the Roadrunners only shot on goal this match.

Megan Greene and Martha Thomas are the two headed horse for the Charlotte women’s soccer team, scoring 17 of team’s 26 goals this season.

Charlotte returns to the pitch to play their next game at Transamerica Field next Sunday on Oct. 8, when they host Florida Atlantic at 1 p.m.