Tulsa, Okla. – Kyle Parker and Luke Waechter scored goals for the 49ers, however, Charlotte (4-5-3, C-USA: 0-3-2) fell on the road at Tulsa (7-4-1, C-USA: 2-2), 3-2, in overtime. The 49ers have played four straight overtime games.
“I am proud of our players despite the score line,” Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. “We played on our front foot dominating the play in the first half. Tulsa had a good spell in the second half where they scored a couple of goals. We tied the score late in the second half. If you look at the stats, chances and the team that looked likely to score we led in all those categories. As always in soccer and it seems how our season is going right now we can not quite cross the finish line. We have faith in our guys and it is so close to dropping for us. We have to keep believing. We have five games left in the regular season and our goals are still ahead of us.”
Charlotte jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Parker headed in a Waechter cross in the ninth minute. Parker’s goal was his fourth of the season.
In the remainder of the first half, Charlotte had several other great scoring chances but shots by Parker, Tyler Gibson, Brandt Bronico, Monbo Bokar and Will Mayhew were either blocked or stopped by Tulsa’s goalkeeper Jake McGuire.
Tulsa tied the score at one when Omar Mata scored off a Christian Mata assist in the 47th minute.
In the 59th minute, Tulsa’s Akeil Bennett converted on a penalty kick giving Tulsa a 2-1 lead.
Charlotte had a great chance to tie the score when Parker’s header off a David Mayer corner kick banged off the cross bar in the 79th minute.
In the 89th minute, Mayer sent a corner kick into the box. The ball bounced around hitting off several Charlotte and Tulsa players. Waechter finally corralled the ball heading it into the back of the net tying the score at two. Waechter’s goal was his third of the season.
In the 92nd minute, Tulsa’s Christian Mata scored the game-winning goal off a Barrett assist.
Charlotte finished the game with a 13-7 advantage in shots and a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks. Parker led the 49ers with four shots. Mayhew finished the game with three shots.
Charlotte returns to action when they face Conference USA foe Kentucky in Transamerica Field, Saturday, October 19 at 7 pm.
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