EL PASO, Texas – Charlotte netted two second-half goals, including the winner with just under four minutes left in regulation, to complete a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at UTEP Friday evening in Conference USA women’s soccer action.
Freshman Megan McCallister found herself on the scoring end of the game winner, putting home her shot at 86:25 when her shot went low to the far post on an assist from senior Victoria Fubara. The goal is McCallister’s fifth of the season, putting her in sole possession of second on the squad, and is the first game winner of her freshman campaign.
Junior Rebecca Beatty had the tying second-half goal when her equalizer at 62:57 bounced off the post following a pass from classmate Katie O’Neill and past Miners’ netminder Alyssa Palacios.
Bri Thomas broke free from the 49ers’ defense on a breakaway for the home score and she was able to beat Charlotte (6-11, 2-6 C-USA) goalkeeper Annika McHenry in a 1v1 situation at 13:07. Passes forward from Aleah Davis and Angela Cutaia helped set up the score.
McHenry came up with save after save throughout the night to keep her team in it. She finished with four stops, including a couple diving lunges. Junior Shelby Hicks also had a key stop, standing near the end line on a Brittney Trought attempt in the 75th minute.
O’Neill paced all players with five shots, while McCallister put each of her three attempts on goal. Cutaia and Thomas led UTEP (10-6-2, 3-3-2 C-USA) with two shots apiece. Palacios corralled five Niners shots as both goalies played the full 90 minutes.
The 49ers will close the regular-season road slate when they travel to San Antonio for a 1 p.m. ET Sunday kickoff against the UTSA Roadrunners.