ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Behind a stellar defensive effort, the Charlotte 49ers (4-3-3, C-USA: 0-1-2) tied New Mexico (5-3-2, C-USA: 1-0-1), 0-0, in double overtime on the road.
This game was a matchup of two teams that have enjoyed success in the last two NCAA Tournaments. Charlotte reached the College Cup Championship game in 2011 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. New Mexico has reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of the last two NCAA Tournaments.
“I am so proud of our guys,” Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. “It was a phenomenal performance on the road. From the first whistle we were the aggressor. I could not be prouder of our guys to play a team on the road that has been a national power for the past few years and to put in that type of performance is absolutely incredible.”
The Charlotte 49ers defense led by goalkeeper Klay Davis and defenders Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Thomas Allen, Anthony Perez, Luke Waechter and Nick Barnhorst held New Mexico scoreless and limited New Mexico to only two shots on goal. Davis recorded his 25th career shutout.
In the sixth minute, Brandt Bronico recorded the 49ers first shot which came from the left wing but his shot was stopped by New Mexico’s goalkeeper Michael Lisch.
In the eighth minute, Charlotte’s Tyler Gibson took a shot from the top of the box but it was stopped by New Mexico’s Lisch.
In the 54th minutes, Charlotte’s Will Mayhew’s shot went over the cross bar.
Charlotte’s best scoring chance came in the 68th minute when Giuseppe Gentile took a free kick from just outside the box. Gentile’s free kick was blocked by New Mexico’s Lisch. Bronico corralled the rebound but his shot went over the cross bar.
In the 83rd minute, Charlotte’s Kyle Parker’s header went wide of the goal.
In the 86th minute, Gentile took a shot just inside the box but his shot was stopped by New Mexico’s Lisch.
In the first overtime, Perez took the 49ers final shot but it went wide in the 93rd minute.
Charlotte continues Conference USA play when they play Old Dominion at Transamerica Field in a game that will be televised on the Fox Sports Network, Wednesday, October 9 at 7 pm.
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