Charlotte Falls To North Carolina 4-0 in College Cup Second Round

Charlotte falls to North Carolina to wrap up a historic 2008 campaign.


Charlotte wrapped up the season with a team-record 18 victories.

Nov. 16, 2008

Chapel Hill, N.C. - After only allowing one goal in the first half, Courtney Jones took over the second half of play and tallied two goals to propel the North Carolina Tarheels to a 4-0 victory over the Charlotte 49ers in the second round of College Cup action at Fetzer Field.

The loss was the first for Charlotte since September 14th's loss against Virginia Tech in the Wake Forest/Nike Tournament.

Following the early feeling out period for both teams, UNC took control early with a pair of shots from TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Year Casey Nogueira and two corners which put Charlotte on its heels.

UNC's best opportunity in the early going came as Charlotte keeper Lauren Brown went to the pitch and left an open net for Nogueira who fire a shot towards the net but saw her shot get deflected away by the Niners defensive unit.

Charlotte remained in bunker mode through the first 25 minutes of the contest with UNC firing a rocket on to Brown in the 24th minute with the Frenchtown, N.J. native coming up with the save to keep the score at a deadlock.

Charlotte continued to play stellar defense against an aggressive Tarheel front seven until at the 33:28 mark, freshman Rachel Wood fired a deflection past Brown to break the deadlock and give North Carolina a 1-0 advantage.

Wood's goal broke a 470-plus minute scoreless streak for opponents against the Charlotte defensive unit.

Despite being outshot by a 12-2 margin in the first half, Charlotte went into the intermission well within striking distance of the fourth-ranked Tarheels, who held a 1-0 halftime advantage.

North Carolina would waste little time in adding an insurance goal to its tally when Courtney Jones took a ball from midfield and beat a pair of Charlotte defenders on her way to scoring her 11th goal of the season to give the ACC Champions a 2-0 lead.


 

 

Jones would then tally a goal off a free kick as the Niners thought the Heels were offsides but the Danville, California native put a shot past Brown on a header to give North Carolina a 3-0 advantage.

UNC's final tally would come in the 90th minute when Allie Long scored the fourth goal of the game off a redirection.

UNC's offense tallied 29 shots while its defense suffocated the Niners by allowing two Charlotte shots.

Charlotte held Nogueira in check following her first shot as the TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Year was held off the scoreboard for the first time in four games.

"We have nothing to hang our heads about, we lost to the better team and wish North Carolina the best of luck the rest of the season," said Head Coach Jon Lipsitz about his team.

With the loss, Charlotte wraps up a record-setting 2008 campaign. Charlotte's offense set a team record with 69 goals and 72 assists, while the defensive unit recorded a school-record 13 shutouts on the year. Charlotte's 18 wins also set a new school-record, eclipsing the old standard of 16 wins, while also destroying the old consecutive wins mark by winning 15 straight games.

Brown set a new school-record for career shutouts with 18.5, by adding her eight shutouts in '08 to last season's 10.5 shutouts.

Charlotte wraps up the season with an 18-4-1 mark and was victorious in the A-10 tournament for the second time in as many years.

"We started mostly freshmen and sophomores all season long, we came out being tougher than we thought and excelled at a higher level than we could have ever imagined," said Lipsitz.

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