|Results and points scarce for Charlotte Eagles in PDL|
|0-3-1 in their last four matches|
|Published Friday, June 22, 2018 9:09 pm|
MATTHEWS—The Charlotte Eagles need to get points back.
While they control possession, their recent run has failed to produce results. They are 0-3-1 since hitting the road, falling 2-1 to South Atlantic Division opponent Lionsbridge F.C. tonight at home. The Eagles stood third in the South Atlantic Division going into tonight’s game. Lionsbridge stood fifth.
“We’re just struggling to finish our chances,” Charlotte coach Luke Helmuth said. “We created a number of chances today. We’re just struggling to burry goals.”
Charlotte (3-4-1, 10 points) did not score while on the road, but conceded nine goals. They took a point at the start of their road trip in Virginia against Lionsbridge (3-4-3, 12 points). It marked the first meeting between the sides in PDL history.
Midfielder Lucas Rosa scored a free kick in the 91st minute for the Eagles to break the ice. Rosa capitalized on his first chance of the night—an opportunity he has been practicing repeatedly for his first goal of the season.
“We dominate the games, and we have more possession, but at the same time we keep losing loose balls in the middle, which causes counterattack goals,” Rosa said. “Most of the games we have most of the possession, but still get countered, and still give up silly goals. We need to be more clinical in the final third.”
Charlotte had a similar start last season—results with a lot of success in the final third, followed by an uncharacteristic slump. However, that season ended with a PDL title. Helmuth noted that while the situations have similarities, it’s difficult to compare the two based on different team personnel.
“It’s hard to compare ourselves to last year—different players, different staff,” Helmuth said. “We kind of need to go on a run if we’re going to give ourselves any hope at this point. We’re just a little over halfway past our season. I think there are six games remaining, so we have a chance to kind of turn things around and get our points back.”
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