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Senior Night closes 49ers women’s soccer season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte women’s soccer will put a cap on its 2015 campaign when it plays host to FIU at 7 p.m. Friday at Transamerica Field. The 49ers will recognize the on and off the field accomplishments of this year’s senior class before the match as part of the annual Senior Night festivities.

Game Information
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: October 30
Location: Transamerica Field (Charlotte, N.C.)
Video: Charlotte49ers.TV (Austin Ford, pxp)
Audio: (student radio)
Twitter: @49erGameDay (in-game), @Charlotte49ers, @49ersWSoccer
Promotion: Senior Night

Opponent Information
FIU (8-10, 4-5 C-USA)
Miami, Fla.
Conference USA
Thomas Chestnutt, head coach
2014 record: 8-8-2, 3-4-2 C-USA

Thomas putting together magical season
Charlotte forward Martha Thomas has put herself in the 49ers record books multiple times throughout her two-year career, the latest coming this season when she became only the third player in program history to post more than one multiple double-digit scoring season. She is the first of the trio to accomplish the feat in her first two years with the program.
Her 12 goals this season are a career best, a mark she established on a free kick late in the first half at Old Dominion Oct. 16. 

Multiple double-digit scoring seasons in 49ers history
Player               Years           Total Goals*
Hailey Beam      2008, 2009       27 (17, 10)
Martha Thomas 2014, 2015       23 (11, 12)
Whitney Weinraub                    2008, 2009                                  25 (12, 13)
* - goals scored in those two seasons 

Senior Sendoff
Charlotte’s five seniors will play their final collegiate game Friday night when the 49ers close the campaign against FIU. This year’s class includes Caitlin Donovan, Victoria Fubara, Maddie Kiebel, Annika McHenry and Loren Reilley in addition to undergraduate student assistant Monica Trickett. Overall, the group has won 35 games in its career heading into Friday, not including McHenry’s redshirt campaign of 2011. The class began its careers as members of the Atlantic 10 before competing in Conference USA the last three seasons. They helped the Niners capture the C-USA East Division crown in 2013, their first year back in the conference.
Combined, the class has started 180 matches throughout the last four years.

Cullen Reaches 300
Charlotte head women’s soccer coach John Cullen was on the sidelines for his 300th career match when the 49ers won at UTEP Oct. 23. Of his now 301 lifetime games as a college head coach, 139 have come during his seven seasons with the Niners program, the most by any head coach in school history. He became the program’s career leader in coaching victories last fall, Oct. 12, 2014, when Charlotte topped Southern Miss, 2-1, at Transamerica Field. 

Thomas Scoring Two Times Up to Six
Forward Martha Thomas has found her scoring touch once again this fall and entered Conference USA action with back-to-back games with two goals apiece.
She now has three multi-goal scoring matches in 2015, tying the three she posted as a freshman in 2014.
Since she joined the Charlotte program, she is one of only two 49ers players to register a multi-goal scoring game.

Thomas’ Multi-Goal Scoring Games
Date   Opponent                              Note
9.17.14                                      Winthrop                                  Transamerica Field debut
9.28.14                                           at FIU                                  Return to native south Florida
10.30.14                       Middle Tennessee                                  Clinched C-USA Tourn. spot
9.4.15 Gardner-Webb    PK was tying goal
9.13.15                                East Carolina                                  Scored in 5:22 2nd half span
9.20.15                                         at Elon                                  Raised season total to 10 

The only other player with a multi-goal scoring game since the start of 2014 is junior transfer Katie O’Neill, who netted her pair of goals in the Conference USA opener against UAB Sept. 25.

O’Neill Honored for C-USA Opening Work
Junior transfer midfielder Katie O’Neill became the first 49ers player to earn a national honor this season when she was selected to the Sept. 29 National Team of the Week.
O’Neill’s accolade, the first of her career, came after she factored into all three of Charlotte’s goals in its 3-2 Conference USA-opening 3-2 triumph over UAB Sept. 25 in what the website called a “massive performance”.
She scored her two goals just over a five-and-a-half minute span of the first half, leading the Niners back after they trailed early 2-0. Then, with just over 13 minutes left in regulation, she assisted on Martha Thomas’ game winner to cap her best effort thus far in a 49ers uniform. 

Sept. 29 National Team of the Week
M: Katie O’Neill, Charlotte
GK: Arielle Schechtman, UCLA
D: Jackie Simpson, USF
D: Jenna Dubs, Marshall
D: Maddie Gaffney, Minnesota
M: Casie Ramsier, Auburn
M: Megan Connolly, Florida State*
M: Rachel Corboz, Georgetown
F: Leah Galton, Hofstra
F: Taylor Pryce, Pittsburgh
F: Raina Johnson, South Carolina
* - national player of the week

Conference Openers
The 49ers began their third season back in Conference USA Sept. 25 against UAB. Charlotte is 16-4-1 (.775) all-time in its first league match of a season after defeating the Blazers, 3-2, including a 5-2 (.714) mark under head coach John Cullen.
The Niners did not compete in a league in their first season, 1994, but were members of the inaugural Conference USA campaign in 1995.
Charlotte is 10-2-1 (.808) in its program history during Conference USA openers. 

Date        Opponent                       Result
9.2.95      Memphis*                       W, 7-2
9.19.96    at USF*                          W, 3-2
9.12.97    USF*                              W, 5-1
9.20.98    at Louisville*            W, 1-0 (OT)
9.17.99    Louisville*                       W, 7-0
9.15.00    Memphis*                       W, 3-2
9.21.01    Houston*                        W, 4-0
9.20.02    at Houston*            T, 2-2 (2OT)
9.19.03    UAB*                               L, 1-2
9.24.04    East Carolina*                 W, 2-0
9.30.05    at Saint Louis^                 L, 1-2
9.29.06    Temple^                         W, 2-0
9.27.07    at Duquesne^                 W, 5-0
9.26.08    La Salle^                        W, 6-0
9.25.09    Duquesne^                     W, 5-3
10.1.10    at Massachusetts^          W, 2-1
10.1.11    at Saint Louis^                 L, 1-2
9.28.12    VCU^                      W, 2-1 (OT)
9.27.13    at FIU*                            W, 2-0
9.26.14    at Florida Atlantic*            L, 0-1
9.25.15    UAB*                              W, 3-2

* - Conference USA; ^ - Atlantic 10

Using Home as an Advantage
Charlotte women’s soccer played host to a four-game homestand earlier this season, from Sept. 4-13, its longest in four years. The 49ers have opened 2015 with a 3-3 record on their home turf, winning each of their first three contests.
The four-match homestand is one of the longest in program history, tying for the sixth longest, with the others listed below. Only an Oct. 8-23, 2010, stretch of five games in a row at home has been longer during head coach John Cullen’s tenure with the program. 

Longest single-season homestands in program history
Length        Dates                          Coach
6 matches   Sept. 9-24, 2000  Neil Roberts
5 matches   Sept. 1-15, 1996 Robbie Church
5 matches*  Oct. 25-Nov. 9, 1996 Robbie Church
5 matches   Sept. 25-Oct. 8, 1998 Robbie Church
5 matches   Oct. 8-23, 2010    John Cullen
4 matches   Sept. 5-14, 1997 Robbie Church
4 matches   Oct. 11-20, 2002  Neil Roberts
4 matches   Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2003 Neil Roberts
4 matches   Oct. 4-12, 2003   Neil Roberts
4 matches   Sept. 24-Oct. 3, 2004 Neil Roberts
4 matches   Sept. 13-25, 2009 John Cullen
4 matches   Aug. 26-Sept. 4, 2011 John Cullen
4 matches   Sept. 4-13, 2015   John Cullen 

* - includes Conference USA Championships

Tough Competition
Charlotte played host to No. 16/17 South Carolina on Labor Day, Sept. 7, in the first match against a nationally-ranked foe since No. 5 Wake Forest Aug. 26, 2012 at home. The Demon Deacons represented the highest-ranked opponent in Transamerica Field history.
Overall, the 49ers now have played 39 nationally-ranked opponents in program history through the action, posting an all-time record of 3-35-1 against the Top 25 schools. Charlotte is 0-8 under head coach John Cullen when facing nationally-ranked foes.

Thank You, Niner Nation!
The 49ers played host to No. 16/17 South Carolina in front of a season-best 1,087 fans at Transamerica Field.
The attendance figure ranks as the seventh largest home crowd in school history and the most since Charlotte welcomed a record 1,258 to Transamerica Field for a Sept. 23, 2011, tilt with High Point.
The crowds continued later in the week with 1,069 entering Transamerica Field for the Sept. 11 contest against USF, marking the eighth largest crowd in school history.
All but two of the Top 10 in program history have come during the John Cullen (2009-present) era after back-to-back strong showings this fall by Niner Nation. 

Top-10 home crowds in school history
Sept. 23, 2011  High Point                 1258
Nov. 6, 2002    Memphis                   1130
Aug. 27, 2010   Davidson                  1123
Sept. 29, 2006  Temple                     1120
Oct. 15, 2010   George Washington   1119
Sept. 4, 2011   East Carolina            1105
Sept. 7, 2015   South Carolina          1087
Sept. 11, 2015  USF                          1069
Oct. 16, 2009   Richmond                 1059
Aug. 26, 2011   FGCU                       1057 

Quick Start
Charlotte boasted a 4-1 record through the season’s first-five matches this year, matching its best mark under head coach John Cullen and tying for the second best in program history. The 49ers were also 4-1 during Cullen’s tenure during the 2009, his first, and 2013 seasons on their way to 16-3-2 and 11-7-2 ledgers, respectively.
The all-time best five-game start for the Niners was 5-0 in 2002 on their way to a 16-2-2 campaign under head coach Neil Roberts. 

Best record after five games in program history
Year           Record                        Coach
2002           5-0-0                   Neil Roberts
1998           4-1-0               Robbie Church
2009           4-1-0                    John Cullen
2013           4-1-0                    John Cullen
2015           4-1-0                    John Cullen
1994           3-1-1               Robbie Church
2006           3-1-1                     Jon Lipsitz
2008           3-1-1                     Jon Lipsitz

Deaver Makes Eight
Freshman Ellie Deaver added her name to the growing list of goal scorers in 2015 as she became the eighth different Niner to find the back of the net this fall.
Deaver tallied her first collegiate score Sept. 7 against No. 16/17 South Carolina on a header following a corner kick situation.
The eight different players to score this year eclipses the seven who put the ball between the pipes in 2014.

Rempel Recognized
Freshman Hannah Rempel scored a goal and added an assist in her collegiate debut, Aug. 23, against Coastal Carolina. For her three-point performance, she was selected as an honorable mention choice on the Aug. 24 National Team of the Week.
Rempel had two shots in the contest, placing both on goal, in helping the 49ers earn the 4-1 victory.
It marks the third-straight season in which a 49ers player has been picked by the website for a weekly honor, following Amanda Jones (Aug. 27, 2013) and Martha Thomas (Sept. 30, 2014 and Nov. 4, 2014). Thomas’ second accolade last fall also was to the honorable mention squad, while her first and Jones’ plaudits were as members of the 11-player weekly list.

Thomas Honors
Sophomore Martha Thomas, the 2014 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, enters her second collegiate campaign as a member of the Preseason All-Conference USA Team, the lone Niners selection. She also was listed at No. 93 on the national Top 100 rankings, as one of only three C-USA players selected. 

Manning the Sideline
Head coach John Cullen is back for his seventh year with the 49ers in 2015. A 1993 Charlotte graduate, he became the program’s all-time winningest coach last season when the Niners topped Southern Miss at home, 2-1, Oct. 12, 2014. His seven years with the program gives him the longest tenure of any head coach in school history.

McCallister Makes History
Freshman Megan McCallister joined an elite group of players in school history after scoring a goal in the season-opening 4-1 triumph over Coastal Carolina Aug. 23.
She became the 12th freshman starter to score a goal in the season opener, and second in as many years following Martha Thomas accomplishing the feat last fall on her way to earning Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors.
McCallister put the 49ers ahead 1-0 with her score in the seventh minute, at 6:51. She finished with six shots, placing three on goal, in her collegiate debut.
Her and Thomas are the lone Niners on the list to accomplish the feat under head coach John Cullen.

Freshman starters to score in season opener
Blair Angell      Sept. 3, 1994      at Liberty
Julie Berkau     Sept. 3, 1994      at Liberty
Courtney Cook Sept. 3, 1994      at Liberty
Jennifer Rogers                   Sept. 3, 1994                                  at Liberty
Amy Rucinski   Sept. 3, 1994      at Liberty
Benji Lewis       Sept. 2, 1995      Memphis
Tiffany Ross    Aug. 25, 2000 Virginia Tech
Courtney Crandall               Aug. 30, 2002                                  at Davidson
Lainey Nichols  Aug. 27, 2004 at UNC Wilmington
Nikki Dumencich                 Aug. 26, 2005                                  Davidson
Martha Thomas                   Aug. 22, 2014                                  at UNC Greensboro
Megan McCallister              Aug. 23, 2015                                  Coastal Carolina

Season Opening Success
Charlotte continued its strong play recently in season openers with the 4-1 win over Coastal Carolina Aug. 23.
The 49ers are now 6-0-1 (.929) in season openers during head coach John Cullen’s seven years, with the lone tie coming in the 2011 first game at North Florida in the UNF Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.
All-time, Charlotte boasts a 15-5-2 (.727) ledger in its history during season-opening matches.

Thomas Scores in a New Way
Sophomore Martha Thomas added another version of goal scoring to her resume in the road opener, at Mercer, Aug. 28.
She netted the first penalty-kick goal of her career, tallying the lone 49ers score of the contest, at 65:48. The goal came on her first career try from the penalty kick spot.
Thomas added her second PK in as many tries during the Sept. 4 home win over Gardner-Webb when she tallied the equalizer at 72:34. 

New Faces
Charlotte welcomed 12 newcomers, 11 freshmen and one transfer, onto the field this season. The 11 signees tie for the largest recruiting class under Cullen’s guidance and the second-straight season in which his staff have brought in a group in double digits. In addition, assistant coach Michael Swan and goalkeeper coach Joe Crump also have joined the 49ers program for the first time in 2015.

Switching Roles
A familiar face on the playing field each of the last three seasons, Monica Trickett, has moved into an undergraduate student assistant coaching role for 2015. She was forced to medically retire after suffering an injury after five games of the 2014 campaign, ending her playing career. Trickett is set to graduate from the university in May with a degree in elementary education.

Exhibition Recap
Charlotte defeated Georgia State 4-3 in its lone exhibition contest of the campaign, Aug. 15, at Transamerica Field. Four different 49ers scored goals, including would count as first-ever scores for sophomore Virginia Lingo, redshirt freshman Bella Osborne and freshman Megan McCallister. Sophomore Martha Thomas netted the team’s only other score. In all, 17 different Niners saw action with redshirt senior Annika McHenry and freshman Abby Coffey splitting the duties between the pipes with 45 minutes apiece.

Available to a Wider Audience
Charlotte Athletics and UNC Charlotte Cable Television have partnered up to broadcast 10 fall events which will reach over 500,000 Time Warner Cable and AT&T UVerse subscribers in the Charlotte region.
The broadcast can be seen on campus and in Mecklenburg, Union and Iredell counties through Time Warner Cable’s channel 22. Broadcast Communications, located on campus, provides television and video production services to the University community. The department is also responsible for the operation of the University’s cable television channel 22.
The broadcast on channel 22 will be a simulcast with online.

Live Broadcasts on TWC Channel 22
Friday, Sept. 11 – vs. USF (5:30 p.m.)
Friday, Oct. 9 – vs. North Texas* (7 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 11 – vs. Rice* (1 p.m.)
*Conference USA matches