Title















Site Registration | Find a Copy | Event Calendar | Site Map
The Voice of the Black Community
QCFC
Kentucky tops Charlotte soccer 1-0 in Conference USA final
No. 14 49ers await NCAA tournament bid
 
Published Sunday, November 11, 2018 4:02 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Support local journalism: Subscribe to The Charlotte Post 

Charlotte 49ers soccer lost the Conference USA tournament final for the second consecutive season.

Top seed Kentucky, No. 3 in the nation, beat third seed and No. 14 Charlotte 1-0 Sunday at Transamerica Field for their first tournament title. C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and tournament MVP J.J. Williams, a junior striker who leads the conference with 16 goals, scored the game-winner early in the second half, despite Charlotte’s 12-3 shot advantage at halftime. The 49ers ultimately outshot Kentucky 19-8.

The Wildcats (17-1-1), who beat Charlotte in the regular season 1-0 at Kentucky, are one of three teams to do so against the 14-4-1 49ers, along with Old Dominion and Radford. Charlotte, which last won the tournament in 2013, lost 1-0 to Old Dominion in the 2017 final, which combined with an 8-5-6 campaign did not secure an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. It marked the first in seven years Charlotte did not reach that level of the postseason.

“If you asked me that question a year ago, I would say there is absolutely no doubt that we are in the tournament, but after last year, I don’t know what the selection committee are going to do,” 49ers coach Kevin Langan said.

The NCAA tournament selection announcement of the 48-team field is Nov. 12 at noon. Conference tournament champions, 24 in all, earn automatic bids, with a tournament committee selecting at-large teams. The top 16 seeds receive a first round bye. First round games take place on Nov. 15, with the second round on Nov. 18. The tournament concludes Dec. 7-9 in Santa Barbara, California.

Langan is hesitant to predict an at-large bid for the 49ers, despite their regular season success. Charlotte went 11-1 at home, produced an eight-game winning streak, and did not allow a goal at Transamerica Field for 1,026 minutes – a program record.

“Like I said last year, I’ll be astonished if we are not in it. I’ll be astonished if we are not in it again,” Langan said. “We have had a great season, a great record. Some unbelievable records have been broken. Last year we were shocked [not to be in the tournament]. I could be shocked again tomorrow.”

Three 49ers made the all-tournament team: Freshman striker Preston Popp, who scored two goals during the tournament, senior defender Callum Mongtomgery and junior midfielder Teddy Chaouche.

 

Comments

Leave a Comment


Send this page to a friend

Upcoming Events

read all
9

Keeper Talks

Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in

9

Vulture Feedings at Carolina Raptor Center

Did you know that vultures like to play with

28

12u Cooperstown Spot

Our 12u Rock Solid Teams annually go to

Latest News

read all

At this summer camp, students judge legal careers for themselves

Teens participate in five-day sessions on law jobs

Summer of Discoveries SC for Charlotte 49ers teammates

Players join forces to improve in offseason

Charlotte actor stars in Disney Channel TV series

Ramon Reed in 'Just Roll With It'