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No. 17 Charlotte men's soccer extends win streak to four games
49ers on a roll after 0-2-1 start
Published Monday, April 5, 2021 12:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

The Charlotte 49ers, No. 17 in the national United Soccer Coaches poll, beat Old Dominion 3-0 on April 4 to extend their winning streak to four games.

Charlotte 49ers soccer came out of quarantine swinging.

The 49ers produced a dominant 3-0 Conference USA victory at Old Dominion on April 4, after a rocky two-week stretch. Their March 27 C-USA home game against Florida International was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols and contact tracing within Charlotte’s program and rescheduled for April 14 at 2 p.m. The March 30 match against Coastal Carolina was canceled, and their regular season finale at Marshall has been moved from April 17 to April 18.

Charlotte sits No. 17 in the nation in the United Soccer Coaches poll and is on a four-game winning streak. The 49ers started the season 0-2-1, picking up pace since the start of conference play. They are now 4-2-1, 4-0 C-USA, and have not conceded a goal since a March 6 overtime win at Kentucky. It has been 360 minutes since they conceded a goal, outscoring opponents 10-1 during that time.

“Great result on the road against an always tough opponent,” coach Kevin Langan said. “Having had the whole program in quarantine for 10 days and only two days to train and prepare before we hit the road, I am so proud of all the players. It took everyone in our program to get us ready. Now we are excited to rest up before we prepare for another great challenge next weekend.”

Junior striker Preston Popp leads the 49ers with four goals. He was one of three goal scorers against Old Dominion (1-2-3, 0-2-3 C-USA), with an assist from sophomore defender/midfielder Carson Price.

Other goal scorers included senior midfielder Joe Brito and junior striker Alexis Willis, with assists from senior defender Luke Johnson and sophomore Axel Sigurdarson respectively. Senior goalkeeper Austin Mullins earned his second clean sheet of the season.

Next up, the 49ers host Florida Atlantic on April 10 at 2 p.m.

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The 49ers postponed their home game against Marshall over the weekend due to injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing and protocols within Charlotte’s program. The match has been rescheduled for April 6 at 1 p.m. at Transamerica Field.


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