The Charlotte 49ers (8-4-6) are on to the championship match after sailing past a formerly unbeaten and top-10 ranked FIU (11-1-4). They are hoping to continue their impressive postseason performance and grab the program its first championship title in four years, being the seventh in program history.
FIU took the lead at 1-0 early on in the game, after only 12 minutes of play when Santiago Patino passed the ball to teammate Paul Marie. Almost 12 minutes later the Niners put themselves back in it when Daniel Bruce sent a ball to Marco Sunol-Rojas to tie the game at 1-1.
After Charlotte brought the game up to a 1-1 tie, a Joe Brito goal would put the Niners on top where they would then stay to get a deserved win and further their run for the championship. He scored his only goal with only 14 minutes remaining in regulation time of the game. Brito managed to rush past his defender into the box and receive a cross from a hard working Dean Rutherford, to chip in a header for the Niner’s second goal of the night.
With merely 21 seconds left in the game Charlotte’s Noah Seach would score his first goal of the season bringing the score to 3-1, a further guarantee of a shot at a C-USA Championship.
Charlotte took double as many shots as FIU sitting at 14-7 as the team who better showed how determined they are. The Niners are heading into the championship final off of a recent three wins and three well fought tie games as well. Being a team that is working incredibly hard toward their goal of a confeence championship title, they can certainly accomplish it.
The Niners will play Old Dominion on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. In early October the Charlotte fell to ODU 2-1.