|49ers make lone goal stand up in 1-0 win vs. Florida Gulf Coast|
|Maclean Holbrook's 87th-minute tally caps opener|
|Published Friday, August 24, 2018 9:42 pm|
The Charlotte 49ers final shot of the night was the one that mattered.
They opened the season with a 1-0 win against Florida Gulf Coast. Junior striker Maclean Holbrook scored the winner off a ball from junior midfielder Teddy Chaouche in the 87th minute. It took the 49ers 26 shots to find the back of the net.
“We played very, very well,” said coach Kevin Langan, who stands 6-1 in season openers with the 49ers. “We were knocking on the door all night long. Some great performances. Our compactness as a team from front to back was better than it had been in the exhibition games. We’re starting to come together nicely. The most pleasing thing was our relentlessness. We just kept going, kept going, kept going. Their goalkeeper [Gustavo Vasconcelos] made countless great saves. We had a lot of near misses, but our mindset was fantastic—just keep going.”
Said Holbrook: “We left it pretty late to get the first goal, but we worked hard, and played solid defense all-around.”
Langan’s aim for Charlotte is two goals per game and clean sheets. They accomplished half of that tonight.
“Limit our opponents to a few looks, be organized on set pieces, be organized—especially the back four, and the midfielders in front of them,” said Langan. “We kind of know we just need one or two goals to win us a game. That’s what we want to get to. Two goals and clean sheets.”
Said Holbrook: “We have a lot of young guys, but we have a lot of good older guys who are the core of our team. They bring a lot of leadership so that the young guys who come in are confident, and they’re ready to just think and play—they’re not worrying about where to go or anything.”
Next up: Furman at Charlotte on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
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