The Charlotte 49ers (3-0-0) women’s soccer team defeated the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (0-1-1) by a final score of 2-1 on Tuesday evening at Transamerica Field. The 49ers put the game away with two second half goals after falling behind 1-0 during a lethargic first half for the Charlotte ladies.
The Charlotte players looked quite fatigued early on in the contest, their third in five days, and gave up an early goal to the Runnin’ Bulldogs when defender Whitley Bowman found the back of the net with her header off of a Shelby Hooe corner kick in just the ninth minute of action.
The 49ers had plenty of opportunities in the first 45 minutes, outshooting Gardner-Webb 9-3, but were left frustrated heading into the locker room as they were unable to convert.
Charlotte looked like a brand new team when they came out for the second half as they looked to attack early and often.
The 49ers knotted the score at one goal apiece in the 51st minute when forward Tori Fubara found teammate SarahAnn Waugh with a beautiful pass for an easy tap in goal.
The game winner was scored by midfielder Sara Trexler whose first goal of the season came at an opportune time when freshman Perri Bonner found her in front of the net with a cross in the 74th minute to give Charlotte a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish.
“I’m super proud of the way we responded. In the second half we settled down and showed that we could move the ball and looked very threatening,” said 49ers Head Coach John Cullen.
After opening the season with three consecutive home games Charlotte will hit the road for their next three contests, the first of which will be played against the Elon Phoenix on Sunday, Sept. 1 starting at 7 p.m.