|Remi Roberts finds way with 49ers|
|Weddington freshman making contributions|
|Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:22 pm|
Remi Roberts is finding her way with Charlotte 49ers soccer.
Roberts, a freshman defender from Weddington, earned her first career start in Charlotte’s 3-2 win Sunday against Florida Atlantic. Although a concussion made her unavailable for several matches, Roberts has played 194 minutes over six games.
“I’m trying to fit into the backline again,” Roberts said. “It’s kind of weird having core people that have basically played together for a long time subbing out and trying to squeeze in there, trying to find my flow. It’s different.”
Roberts’ fitness is returning after the concussion. After playing most of the first half Sunday, Charlotte coach John Cullen pulled her for a substitute on a humid day that tested her conditioning. She returned late in the second half as 49ers recovered from a 2-0 deficit, which Cullen cited as a confidence booster for Roberts and Charlotte.
“She’s not had a lot of playing time and looked a bit heavy-legged,” Cullen said. “I’m proud of the kid because we called on her late in the second half to come on to close the game, but I think she’ll learn from this game. She’s got to be sharper, got to be quicker. Some of it is she hasn’t played a lot this season. She’s had training sessions, but training sessions and games are two different situations.”
Roberts enrolled at Charlotte after a stellar career in which she led Weddington to the N.C. 3A state championship as the finals MVP and the Warriors’ top scorer. The concussion slowed her development with the 49ers (9-4, 4-1 Conference USA), at least temporarily.
“The concussion definitely threw a monkey wrench in there,” Roberts said. “I wasn’t expecting it and it didn’t necessarily put me back, but it slowed me down as the team was getting better while I was sitting on the side.”
Now recovered, Roberts is anxious to contribute to Charlotte’s postseason aspirations. The 49ers are third in C-USA behind 6-0 Rice and 4-0-1 North Texas.
“Our goal is to obviously win another conference championship, and I think we have that potential,” she said. “If we have a really good day, we’re awesome.”
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