On a chilly Tuesday night, donning their vibrant yellow tops in honor of “Beat Childhood Cancer” night, the Charlotte 49ers dominated the Hokies in a five-goal affair.
The yellow jerseys that each of the 49ers’ field players wore were auctioned off post-game with all the proceeds going to the Levine Children’s Hospital.
Kyle Parker continued his fine run of form scoring two goals while adding an assist. Brandt Bronico showed why he was added to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list as a junior assisting on Parker’s second goal and tallying a score for himself.
“Right from the beginning we were all over them,” Parker said. “Tonight was that night when we finally got the offense clicking and we were flowing and moving nicely. We finally got the ball to drop into the back of the net early and it boosted our confidence.”
Parker has now scored four goals in the past three games.
“I got to credit it to all my teammates,” Parker said. “They got me the penalty. Thats not me, that’s Z running through and drawing the foul. Brandt put in a good ball for me and I just got to the end and put it away.”
Parker opened the scoring the 32nd minute after Zhuvonte Wilson broke free on goal. Wilson was brought down in the box resulting in a penalty kick for the 49ers. On top of being whistled for the foul, Virgina Tech’s Collin Verfurth was shown the red card and sent off. Parker stepped up to the spot and slotted his shot past Hokie goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard.
The 49ers doubled their lead two minutes later after Dominic Bonilla sent a cross into the Hokies’ 18-yard box. Bronco attacked the cross and struck the ball 15 yards away from goal. His shot rifled past Lundgaard and into the back of the net.
Charlotte’s hot streak continued as Parker tripled the 49ers lead and doubled his own tally finishing off a Bronico pass just outside the goalmouth.
Exiting halftime, the 49ers were hungry for more goals while Virginia Tech struggled to keep pace playing a man down. Callum Montgomery added his name to the scoresheet in the 49th minute after finishing off Parker’s shot which deflected off a Hokie defender. Montgomery’s goal was the first of his career.
Charlotte’s fifth goal came in the 64th minute after Matej Dekovic found Harrison Steadman lurking at Virginia Tech’s near post. Steadman corralled the ball, turned and fired towards goal slotting his shot between Lundgaard’s legs and into the net.
“The last three games we’ve played incredible,” Charlotte head coach Kevin Langan said. “The guys were getting excited and running and flowing together. It was a fantastic performance, a wonderful attacking performance.”
The 49ers are beginning to come together at the most opportune time as the C-USA tournament nears in a few weeks. Multiple teams including the 49ers have already secured their place the tournament set to take place in Charlotte, N.C.
Addressing the team’s preparation for the C-USA tournament, Bronico said, “We take it game by game, minute by minute. Eating right, sleeping right, just preparing for the game in the right way.”
The 49ers continue their home-stand as they welcome No. 21 South Carolina to Transamerica Field, Friday night at 7 p.m.