Charlotte, N.C. - The nationally-ranked Charlotte 49ers (14-2-3) scored dramatic goals in the first and last minute of the game as they defeated Duquesne (7-12-1), 2-1, to advance to the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals.
"We controlled most of the possession and we were the ones knocking on the door," Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. "We put a ball in the box in the closing seconds. Owen Darby did a good job challenging the ball and he may have been fouled. Then, Jennings Rex got pushed from behind and we were rewarded with a penalty kick. Tyler Gibson converted the penalty kick. It was just rewards for all the energy and effort we put into the game."
With just seconds left in regulation, Charlotte's Jennings Rex was fouled in the box creating a penalty kick. Gibson converted the penalty kick at the 89:49 mark giving the 49ers a 2-1 victory. Gibson's goal was his third of the season.
Charlotte started the game on fire scoring in the first minute of the game when Giuseppe Gentile crossed the ball from the left side of the field to Rex in front of the goal. Then, Rex put the ball into the back of the net from two yards out giving the 49ers an early 1-0 lead. Rex's goal was his team-leading ninth of the season.
Duquesne tied the score at one when Joshua Patterson took a shot from 18 yards out that banged off the post. Martin Fiemawhle put the rebound into the back of the net from 15 yards out in the 15th minute for his first goal of the season.
In the final nine minutes of the first half, Charlotte peppered the goal trying to regain the lead. In a two minute time frame, Gentile took two shots on goal and Kyle Parker and Gibson each had a shot on goal that were stopped by Duquesne's goalkeeper Sam Frymier.
Charlotte dominated the time of possession as they finished the game with a 17-5 advantage in shots. At one point in the first half, each team had three shots then over the final 15 minutes of the half, the 49ers outshot Duquesne, 7-0. Gentile led the 49ers with four shots. Gibson tallied three shots. Anthony Perez and Rex each tallied two shots apiece.
With the win, the 49ers advance to the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals to face fourth-seed VCU at Transamerica Field, Friday, November 9 at 7:30 pm.
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