Charlotte (5-4-3) controlled the game extremely well for the larger part of the game, forcing fifth ranked Louisville (10-1-3) to remain at Transamerica for extra time, but lost to the Cardinals 1-0 in overtime.
“I’m really proud of the guys, the effort was fantastic. We took a good team down to the wire and we should have won the game. This sets us up nicely as we move on through the rest of the season and the postseason,” Charlotte Coach Kevin Langan said.
Cardinal Liam Bennett scored the lone goal of the night in the 96th minute of play after a pass from Adrien Cabon to Adam Wilson and then to Bennett for his shot into the upper left corner of the net. Charlotte led in shots 12-8 and Louisville led in shots on goal 4-3.
Teddy Chaouche led the Niners in shots with four while Ryan Spaulding and Daniel Bruce both took two and Callum Montgomery, Myles Brown, Sean Bowman and Fernando Garcia would each take one apiece as well.
Several great scoring opportunities occurred for Charlotte back to back starting in the 55th minute with two shots by Teddy Chaouche including a free kick that hit the cross bar and a shot saved by Louisville goalkeep Will Meyers. In the 58th minute, Callum Montgomery would contribute a nice shot as well, but it would be stopped by Meyers yet again.
Shortly after these shots was a corner in the 77th minute by Spaulding that came ever so close to curving into the net, but it was also stopped by Louisville’s Meyers.
A game full of wonderful passes, impressive footwork and incredibly aggressive play was not enough for the Niners for to get another win over Louisville, now having a record of 9-6 against the Cardinals.
“We’ve just got to keep going, got to keep believing, keep making the same runs, doing the same work,” Langan said. “It’ll hurt tonight and tomorrow we’ll get straight back at it, start focusing on Friday with South Carolina. So, that’s the nature of college, you know you don’t have time to celebrate too much and you don’t have time to commiserate too much, there’s just another huge conference game coming up for us on Friday.”
Zhuvonte Wilson who a tremendous game off of the bench offensively against Louisville, along with his fellow seniors Marco Sunol-Rojas and Sean Bowman, will be recognized for their senior night before their conference game against the South Carolina Gamecocks this Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Transamerica Field.