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.