The Charlotte 49ers (2-0) women’s soccer team defeated the UNC Wilmington Seahawks (0-2) by a score of 1-0 in a defensive battle on Sunday afternoon at Transamerica Field. Junior midfielder Amanda Jones scored the lone goal of the match for the 49ers, proving to be the game winner thanks to some stellar defense throughout the day.
While Charlotte waited until the second overtime period before scoring their only goal on Friday night, that was not the case in Sunday’s contest. The 49ers found the back of the net early against the Seahawks as Sarah Ann Waugh found Amanda Jones with a beautiful through ball, giving Jones a one-on-one opportunity against UNC Wilmington keeper Carolyn Huddy which she easily converted to give Charlotte a 1-0 lead in just the second minute of action.
“I just got another great through ball that I was able to run onto and send a nice controlled finish past the keeper,” said Jones post-game.
After jumping out to such a quick start, Charlotte appeared to become somewhat complacent for the remainder of the first half. The Seahawks were able to dominate the ball for the majority of the opening 45 and ultimately outshot the 49ers 7-4 despite trailing 1-0 at halftime.
The key to the 49ers victory on Sunday was their stifling defensive play. Whenever it looked like UNC Wilmington had a breakaway opportunity, all four Charlotte defenders hustled back to protect the net.
“We did a fantastic job of restricting them from any really good shots. It’s no coincidence considering we’ve spent all preseason working on our defending,” said Charlotte coach John Cullen.
Charlotte’s keeper, senior Alex Kubrick, had another outstanding game in goal recording her second consecutive shutout to kick off the season.
The 49ers will finish their current three-game homestand on Tuesday night when they face off against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at Transamerica Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.