Niners huddle before the match. Photo by Chris Crews.

The 49ers (9-5-1, 4-2-1 C-USA) came to a tie at a score of 1-1 with Southern Miss (6-6-3, 0-4-3 C-USA) after double over time.

Beginning the match nearly an hour later than the original start time due to no-show officials, all of the Charlotte seniors saw starting spots for the first time this season along with freshman Maddie Bragaw who had her first career start against Southern Miss.

Several shots early on in play by both teams set the tone for the game to be a very competitive one.

Charlotte led in corner kicks a mighty 12-1, a number of them taken by senior Virginia Lingo having taken three within less than a minute of play during the first half and a fourth less than a minute after the last.

Megan Greene, Martha Thomas and Lingo each had shots on goal, including a close header by Greene before Thomas scored the lone goal of the match off of a penalty kick as a result of a yellow given to Golden Eagle goalkeeper Kelly Brahmbatt for a foul toward Greene at 28:09.

Unluckily for Charlotte, Southern Miss quickly responded to their deficit with a strong offense and a loose ball near the Charlotte goal resulted in an own goal by Charlotte to bring the score to 1-1 within the same minute of play at 28:50.

The late start was just the beginning of the lengthy day this game would turn out to be when a delay due to lightning occurred with less than four minutes left in the first half and everyone would keep off of the field for 30 minutes.

As scoring concluded in the 29th minute of play the rest of the match was quite a battle, much of that battle being among the midfield in the larger part of the second half.

It certainly was a tough game for both the Niners and the Golden Eagles, both working hard and creating the right opportunities and simply not being able to capitalize on them and break down the other’s defense.

“As a coaching staff, I just think we’re immensely proud of the girls, it was a long, tough day for us today,” said Coach John Cullen. “They just worked so hard and played so well today.”

Charlotte had many chances to score, finishing the game with 29 shots to the Golden Eagles’ 15 and 13-9 shots on goal. Riley Orr who took five shots had a shot several yards outside the 18 that flew just over the net and an impressive header close to the net by Sophie Sipprell in 67th minute of play was saved and also would not produce a much needed 49ers goal.

Megan Greene led the team in shots with seven while both Thomas and Orr took five and Jamie Frankhauser had taken four.

Golden Eagle Beth Coleman led Southern Miss in shots with five goals, three of which were on frame with her first shot being within the eighth minute of play.

Seniors Kyla Clark, Shealyn Dwyer, Lingo, and All-America candidate Thomas who were all members of the starting 11 at Southern Miss will be honored at their senior night prior to their next home match at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at Transamerica Field facing North Texas.