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Teddy bears down: Chaouche powers unbeaten Charlotte 49ers
Midfielder nets 2 assists in 4-0 result vs. Gamecocks
 
Published Friday, September 27, 2019 11:40 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | SAM ROBERTS
Senior Teddy Chaouche leads Charlotte with five goals and five assists, including a pair on the 49ers' 4-0 win against South Carolina Friday.

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Teddy Chaouche has stepped up as a creator and finisher.

Coach Kevin Langan asked the Charlotte 49ers senior midfielder to expand his role in the attacking third. Last season Chaouche scored one goal, and led the team with 10 assists to earning second-team All-Conference USA and a spot on the conference all-tournament team. Eight games into his final campaign, he leads Charlotte (6-0-2, 2-0-1 C-USA) with five goals and five assists.

“We’re delighted with Teddy,” Langan said. “He has quantity. He’s always around the ball, but he also has quality. Last year, he got loads of assists. [The challenge this year is] ‘can you pop up one or two goals as well’ because top of the box he’s very, very good. Free kicks, he’s very, very good. I’m sure he wants one of his free kicks to go in. He’s had a couple of close looks, but Teddy is leading. He’s leading like a captain should.”

Said Chaouche: “We lost some great captains and great players—Tommy Madden and Daniel Bruce. My role this year is to step up. We have a pretty young team, so I need to step up as a senior.”

No. 11 Charlotte improved their unbeaten run with a 4-0 conference victory against South Carolina (4-4, 0-2 C-USA). While junior midfielder Joe Brito put the 49ers up with an unassisted goal, Chaouche assisted both junior defender Luke Johnson as well as freshman forward Axel Sigurdarson on his first collegiate goal. Sigurdarson continued his run after he passed to Chaouche, who immediately played the ball back. Their combination epitomizes a simple premise in the attacking third—pass and move.

“It was a few games ago, we were just too individual up there,” Langan said. “We said, ‘look, just lend the ball to get it back,’ and we’ve worked a lot on that over the last couple of weeks and it was wonderful to see Axel lend it to get it back to get the shot off. They’re having fun on the practice field, those two together, and Joe and Preston [Popp]—those big attacking players. They’re really starting to find their groove a little bit.”

Said Sigurdarson: “Teddy is doing really good. Not only is he giving great assists now, but also scoring a lot of goals—important goals.”

One of Chaouche’s top qualities, which make him a natural in distribution, is unselfishness.

“He’s a humble young man,” Langan said. “He wants to help. He’s first to volunteer, and he genuinely cares for his teammates. He is just the epitome of a good captain for us.”

Game note: Freshman midfielder Owen Peeler, a Mallard Creek alumnus, scored his first goal for the 49ers; the assist went to sophomore midfielder Chance Pellerin.

“Today, I’m really happy,” Chaouche said. “I had two assists, but Owen scored his first goal. Axel scored. I don’t want to be the one who scored—even if I’m really happy when I score. I just want to let the young guys score and be happy.”

Next up: Oct. 1 at Furman.

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