CLEMSON, SC - The 14th--ranked Charlotte 49ers (6-1) behind goals by Will Mayhew, Thomas Allen and Evan James defeated Clemson, 3-1, on the road for their second straight road victory over an ACC foe.
"It was great road win against another storied program," Charlotte coach Jeremy Gunn said. "It was a gutsy performance by our team tonight. Overall, we had the better scoring chances in the game. I thought we played well tonight."
Mayhew gave the 49ers an early 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. Isaac Caughran's corner kick found Allen who headed the ball to Mayhew. Then, Mayhew headed the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Clemson tied the score when Bryniar Benediktsson put the ball in the back of the net off assists by Austin Savage and Keegan Priest in the 56th minute.
After Clemson's goal the 49ers put the Tigers under a great deal of pressure with six shots before the 49ers scored the game-winning goal.
The 49ers regained the lead for good with a flurry of shots during a 25-second span with less than 10 minutes left in regulation. First a shot by Kirkbride was blocked by the Clemson defense in the 82nd minute. Then, Charles Rodriguez corralled the rebound and blasted a shot on the goal that was blocked again. Allen grabbed the rebound and put the ball in the back of the net in the 83rd minute for his first career goal. Rodriguez was credited with an assist on the goal.
"It is great that my first career goal was the game-winning goal," Allen said.
Charlotte's Guiseppe Gentile nearly scored the 49ers' third goal when he banged a shot off the post in the 85th minute.
James scored the game's final goal off a Mayhew assist in the 87th minute. With the goal, James moves into a tie with Jennings Rex for the team lead in goals with three.
The 49ers finished the game with a 16-9 advantage in shots. Charlotte had an 11-2 advantage in shots on goal in the game. Charlotte also finished the game with a 12-4 advantage in corner kicks. Gentile and Smith led the 49ers with three shots apiece. Allen and Kirkbride added two shots apiece to the 49ers attack.
Charlotte returns to Transamerica Field when they face Campbell in their final non-conference home game, Saturday, September 24 at 7 pm.
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