|Charlotte 49ers women close nonconference slate with 1-0 loss|
|Three-match win streak snapped before C-USA play|
|Published Sunday, September 15, 2019 4:45 pm|
|PHOTO | ROGER MORRIS|
|Brianna Morris (6) and the Charlotte 49ers lost to East Carolina 1-0 Sunday at Transamerica Field in their final nonconference game of the season. Charlotte is 5-2 heading to Conference USA play at Rice on Sept. 22.|
Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer still has work to do.
Their three-game win streak came to an end Sunday with a 1-0 home loss to East Carolina. Charlotte dropped to 5-2 to conclude their non-Conference USA schedule. The 49ers open Conference USA play at Rice on Sept. 22, followed by trips to Florida International on Sept. 26, Western Kentucky on Oct. 3 and Marshall on Oct. 6. They return to Transamerica Field on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. against Southern Mississippi.
Charlotte scored 12 goals in three games before falling to the Pirates. Senior striker Mean Greene has been dominant in the attacking third, scoring six goals, making her the first player in program history with back-to-back hat tricks, and the only 49er to produce three in a career. Yet she could not find the back of the net against East Carolina despite leading Charlotte with seven shots—only one was on target. Charlotte outshot the Pirates 17-7, but only put five shots on goal to the Pirates’ four.
“We had a game here were we outshot a team, but we did not quite have what we had in the previous games, which is quality in front of goal,” 49ers coach Jon Cullen said. “It is a reminder today, when you have a loss that you’ve still got work to do. Credit to ECU, they were banged up but they came in here and dug deep and found a way to, with a shortened group, get a result. A good result, and it reminds us that we’ve still got to get better and not take any win for granted.”
Two freshmen – midfielder Julia Patrum and defender Kristy Campbell – impressed in the 49ers’ starting lineup, playing 81 and 90 minutes respectively. Expect to see more young faces making an impact for the 49ers as the season goes on.
“We’re carrying a small squad this year,” Cullen said. “We’ve gotta utilize everybody. Some of those young players are getting minutes and doing reasonably well. There’s still a lot of growth with young players. Sometimes it’s the inconsistency. Sometimes you get a good day. Sometimes you get an off day. We’re trying to get that consistency drummed into them, so that we can get that high level of performance and week out, but a couple of them have gotten into the starting lineup and done particularly well.
“The other five have contributed. We need all of them to be able to step on the field, and at this point in the season, help us and add to the game. Proud of the way they’ve worked. Obviously excited to have them as part of our group, but just gotta get that consistency into their game.”
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