|Quiet Tommy Madden goes on the attack for Charlotte 49ers soccer|
|Midfielder earns brace in 2-0 win vs. HPU|
|Published Monday, August 13, 2018 9:30 pm|
Tommy Madden didn’t want the spotlight, but it found him anyway.
His role with the Charlotte 49ers has evolved heading into the midfielder’s senior season, playing more of an attacking role up top, rather than strictly a creative one in the center of the park. He scored both goals in the 49ers’ 2-0 win against High Point to open preseason play.
“He’s always been a quiet guy, and doesn’t really want to be in the spotlight, but that’s just him,” senior defender Callum Montgomery said. “He’s just humble, and he wants to do what’s best for the team. This year, he’s going to score a lot of goals for us. I can tell. He’s flying right now. Every single year, he has gotten better. We’re asking him to play a more attacking role. He’s going to thrive in there. He’s so fast. He’s so quick with his dribbling. He’s going to cause the defense a lot of havoc.”
Madden, a native of Burtonsville, Maryland, spent the summer in Charlotte working with his teammates.
“I did a lot of work with my teammates who came back early,” Madden said. “We had a lot of guys who came back earlier than ever. That was really good to see. We just pushed each other really hard every day and worked with [junior goalkeeper] Elliot Panicco, and it made me feel a lot more confident in front of goal.”
Madden’s junior season proved his most dynamic, as he scored his first goal as a 49er. Three goals last season and one assist put him second on the team in scoring.
Madden produced three assists as a sophomore, earning a place on the C-USA all-tournament team and started all of his 18 appearances for the 49ers. He earned a spot on the C-USA all-freshman squad with 14 appearances and one start that season.
“It’s a bit more than the stats,” coach Kevin Langan said. “It’s a bit more of the work rate, and how you fit into the team’s system. We’ve moved him a little bit further forward this year. We don’t want to take away his main strength, which is being involved, but we want to use his quality a bit closer to our opponent’s goal. He’s developing incredibly. He’s a student of the game. He wants to work hard. We have to stop him training, tell him to rest. He’s progressing really, really well.”
Charlotte heads to Coastal Carolina for an exhibition on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. They open the regular season at home at 7 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast.
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