|North Texas beat Charlotte 49ers women 2-1 on Senior Night|
|49ers need 3 points for C-USA tournament berth|
|Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:20 pm|
|Charlotte 49ers seniors were acknowledged before the start of Thursday's game against North Texas.|
The Charlotte 49ers need three points for a Conference USA postseason berth.
In a 2-1 loss Thursday to North Texas on Senior Night, the 49ers (9-6-1, 4-3-1 C-USA) fell to the league’s No. 2 team.
“A really disappointing game,” said 49ers leading scorer (11 goals) Martha Thomas, one of four seniors. “We wanted to come away with the win on Senior Night. We fought hard, and little mistakes [cost us]. We knew they play kickball, and the style of play they play. We tried not to get into it—tried to play on the ball, but we just weren’t good enough.”
Charlotte, C-USA’s No. 6 team, began to crumble after senior defender Shealyn Dwyer put the 49ers ahead in the sixth minute.
“Tonight it was a lot of players who played well as individuals, but not well enough as a collective unit,” coach John Cullen said. “We didn’t play well enough as a collective unit. That’s a bit disappointing, because it was a big night. It was Senior Night. It was a good opponent. We just have to regroup tomorrow. We have to go and find three points.”
The 49ers host league leader Rice on Sunday in the regular season home finale.
“We need three points, and we’re going to get those three points,” said senior midfielder Kyla Clark. “We have to kick on from here. It wasn’t the result we wanted, but we’ve gotta move on from here so we can get those three points, and we can seal our spot in the tournament.”
Charlotte’s last match comes against No. 3 Old Dominion, followed by the conference tournament in Boca Raton, Florida.
“What we’re looking to do right now is find the next win as quickly as we can,” Cullen said. “We know we need another win to potentially put ourselves in position for the tournament.”
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