Soccer Central Men: #11 Charlotte vs. Coastal Carolina

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – After getting off to its best start since 1996, Charlotte’s No. 11 men’s soccer team wraps up the non-conference game by hosting Coastal Carolina at Transamerica Field on Wednesday night. Queen City kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Fans can follow Wednesday night’s game via Sidearm’s live stats, HERE, or on the night’s ESPN+ live stream, HERE, to hear Jack Fitzpatrick on the call.

THE BASICS
– Wednesday’s game between the 49ers and the Chanticleers will be the 15th all-time meeting between the programs on the college field and the eighth time the series has been played in the Queen City.
– Charlotte comes into Saturday’s game on a six-game winning streak to open the 2022 campaign, winning every game by more than two goals, keeping clean sheets in each of the last five and opening American Athletics Conference play with three points with a 3-0 thrashing of UAB on Saturday night.
– CLT enjoyed an attacking burst to start the 2022 season, ranking first in the country with 4.17 goals per game and 25 goals in total in six matches. 17 of those 25 goals came in the second half.
–A victory Saturday would bring CLT’s regular-season winning streak to nine since last season’s dramatic overtime win over Kentucky, 2-1, Oct. 30 at Transamerica Field.
– A win would push Charlotte to its best seven-game start in program history. The last time the Niners started a season 6-0-0 came in 1996 when the 49ers first qualified for the College Cup. CLT has never started a season with seven straight wins.

LOOKING FOR CHANTICLEERS
–CCU arrives at Wednesday’s game in Queenstown after a hard-fought 0-0 draw in their Sun Belt opener on the road at No. 21 West Virginia. Coastal joined the Sun Belt this season following the downturn of men’s soccer in Conference USA.
– The Chanticleers are led on the stat sheet by second-year forward Alvaro Garcia-Pascual, who leads the team with four goals, while starting in all six of CCU’s matches. Noah Glorioso and Noe Santos have also been productive in attack for the Chants, leading the team with four and three assists on the year, respectively.
– Behind the bench, Coastal is led by longtime chief Shaun Docking, who is in his 25th season at Conway. Since arriving at the beach, Docking holds a 5-5-0 record against the 49ers, with eight of those games against current CLT coach, Kevin Langan.

SERIES HISTORY
– Coastal holds a 6-9-1 lead in a series with the 49ers that dates back to 1980. However, when the tie is contested in Charlotte, the programs are locked at 3-3-1, with the Niners winning, 2-1, in overtime in 2019 at Transamerica Field.
– The last time the programs met, the Chanticleers picked up their second victory in the C-USA game, knocking out the Niners, 1-0, on a PK in the latter stages of the second half.
– Competitions between these border state programs have recently been incredibly close affairs, with each of the last four meetings being decided by one goal apiece. CCU picked up wins at Conway, 3-2 and 1-0 in 2017 and 2021, while CLT beat the Chants, 1-0 and 2-1 in 2016 and 2019 respectively.

DOMINANT FIRST HALF LEADS CLT TO UAB
– Charlotte earned its first three points in an American Conference game with a 3-0 win over UAB on Saturday.
– Charlotte has seen goals from Alex Willis, Lasse Laursen and Philippe Jaukas well as a pair of assists from the talented first-year left-back, Brad Gody.
– The win gave Charlotte its sixth straight to start the season and sixth straight against the Blazers in a series dating back to 1979. The result also marked Charlotte’s fifth straight clean sheet, giving the Greens and Whites five consecutive shutouts for the first time since they did so during the COVID-impacted Spring 2021 campaign.

NINERS NEAR HISTORICAL VICTORY TOTAL
– Wins in each of Charlotte’s next two games against Coastal Carolina on Wednesday and Tulsa on Sunday would give Charlotte men’s soccer 500 wins in its 47-year history.
– Since beginning play in 1976, the Charlotte men’s soccer team has achieved a number of milestones on the way to 500 college football wins, including a sparkling .605 winning percentage (current record 498-308 -103).
– In addition to its incredible winning percentage, the 49ers had 36 winning seasons through the end of last year, 31 seasons of 10 or more wins, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, nine conference titles and a pair of NCAA College Cup appearances, all averaging 10.7 wins per season.

THIS IS STILL THE BEST OFFENSE IN AMERICA…REALLY
– Through six games in 2022, the Charlotte 49ers are proving to be America’s most powerful offense after scoring 25 goals this season. By comparison, last year’s team scored 30 goals in 17 games.
– In the rankings, CLT leads the country with 4.17 goals per game, points per game with 12.5, assists per game with 4.17 and goal differential with a superb goals-for-against mark cons of +24. The 49ers are also second in shots per game (21.33) and shots on goal per game (9.33).
– Charlotte’s 25 goals in its first six games is the most in six games in program history and the Niners’ 11 different scorers are the most a Niners team has featured in the league so far. season.

THE BACKLINE SEEMS TO BE AS GOOD
– Since allowing a 32nd-minute tying goal for UCONN, the CLT backline has gone 508:58 clean sheets, including five straight shutouts against Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Detroit Mercy, Winthrop and UAB.
– In the standings, Charlotte leads the nation in goals-against-average (.167), shutout percentage (.833) — having shut out five of its six opponents — and save percentage (.947), with Thomas Wallis between the sticks.
– The Niners back four were anchored by senior Sean Subier and second Lasse Laursen who have played virtually every minute for CLT in central defence, with the pair also combining for five goals this season.
– Senior Thomas Wallis was also a fortress between the sticks, totaling 17 saves on 18 shots on goal, including a career-high five saves against Gardner-Webb in Game 1 at home.

A BUSY STATISTICS SHEET
– In six games, the Charlotte 49ers have totaled 75 points, recorded by 15 different players. Seven players currently have more than one assist and five different players have found the back of the net on more than one occasion.
– In every contest this season, the Niners have yet to see a player score more than once in a game, with CLT with four, five, five and five different scorers in wins over Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Detroit Mercy and Winthrop. The Niners’ 25 goals in six games to open the year are the most in program history.
– Of the 25 goals the Niners scored, those were scored by 11 different scorers, a total that already exceeds the 10 different snipers the Niners have featured in the NCAA Team of the Tournament. last year.
– On the stat sheet, the Greens and Whites have 10 players who have totaled at least four points this season and seven players with multiple goals. Seniors lead the Niners in points Alex Willis and Kameron Lacey with 12 and 10 each. Willis has scored in five of the Niners’ six games and, along with Lacey, are the only Niners to score at least one point in five of the CLT’s six games.

NINE NUGGETS
– A win and a shutout Wednesday would give Charlotte a perfect 5-0-0 record at home, marking its best start at Transamerica Field since 2018, when the team was 11-1-1 at home. That year, the Niners did not concede a single regular season goal at home and did so for the first time in a 4–2 win over Old Dominion in the Conference USA semifinals.
– After being confirmed in the Niners road tilt at UCONN, a talented sophomore midfielder, Alessandro Negri was ruled out for the entire 2022 campaign after suffering a knee injury in the Niners’ preseason opener at UVA.
– In the last Top-25 of the USSCA, Charlotte went from 13th to 11th place according to the vote of the coaches of the country. The 49ers are the highest-ranked team in the American Conference, but are only one spot ahead of league preseason favorite Tulsa, who sit at No. 12. The Niners and Golden Hurricane will meet in Oklahoma on Sunday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ET.
– A win would give Charlotte its seventh straight win to open the season marking the program’s best seven game starts of any season, while giving the Niners their longest winning streak since winning eight straight from October 14 to November 9, 2018.
– Founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College, Coastal Carolina became an official independent university in 1993. Its name changed from Coastal Carolina JC to USC Coastal Carolina College in 1960, slowly developing into a four-year institution in 1974. Its first residence halls opened in 1987, before becoming the full-fledged university it is now in 1993.

NEXT
Charlotte hits the road for the first time since Sept. 4 and for the first time in conference, when she travels to Oklahoma to face former C-USA foe Tulsa on Sunday night. Kickoff from Hurricane Stadium is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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