|Charlotte 49ers remain unbeaten after draw vs. Marshall|
|Scoreless draw extends streak to 11 matches|
|Published Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:00 pm|
|Teddy Chaouche is tied for fifth in the country in assists for undefeated Charlotte, which improved to 8-0-3 after a scoreless draw against Marshall.|
Success is the precedent for the Charlotte 49ers.
No. 5 in the nation and leaders in Conference USA, the 49ers have reached another level. Their 11-game unbeaten run is the second best in program history and is the second time in program history they have produced 10-plus-game unbeaten starts, the first occurring in 1991 when they started 13-0-3 (finished the season 14-3-5).
Charlotte (8-0-3, C-USA: 3-0-3) took on conference foe Marshall (8-1-2, C-USA: 3-1) in a double overtime 0-0 draw.
“The thing for this team is learning lessons as we go,” coach Kevin Langan said. “We’ve got a lot of guys doing this for the first time. We’re just trying to learn lessons. Winning, tying, losing—it’s the same. How can we improve? How can we get better? There’s certainly a lot of things we can improve on tonight. We let them get too happy. We let players take five, six touches on our field, that doesn’t happen. We’ll be better for it. We’ve gotta be better for it.”
Charlotte has been ranked in the top 25 all season. Marshall also received votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The 49ers have five games remaining in the regular season before they head to Old Dominion for the conference championship Nov. 13-17. Key throughout that process remains senior midfielder Teddy Chaouche. Langan asked him to step up and lead a very young squad at the start of the season, and he has delivered. Chaouche is tied for fifth in the nation with seven assists and tied for 36th nationally with six goals. He leads the 49ers in both categories.
“Teddy is having a phenomenal season on the field, but also off the field—he’s just a real leader,” Langan said. “I keep talking about him, but we’re really excited with Teddy.”
Said Chaouche: “Today was a good challenge for us. We have a really young team. My role is just to step up and try to be the everything for this team—try to push them defensively, being a leader, and trying to assist them or score if I can, but I like assisting better. Today was a great challenge, but we need to be more aware that we don’t have a championship ring or title yet. We need to keep pushing.”
Chaouche, who joined the 49ers from Le Pontet in the French Amateur Division, arrived in Charlotte as a sophomore.
“Look at the journey Teddy’s had with us,” Langan said. “He came to us three years ago. He was a standstill passing player. Now he’s a box-to-box midfielder. He can block shots at one end, get assists and goals at the other end. I think he’s just an all-around complete player who is playing very well for us.”
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