-- The 49ers’ men’s soccer team didn’t hurt its national rankings with a 3-1 victory against William & Mary on Tuesday night at Transamerica Field. Heading into the game,
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Charlotte 49ers junior Monica Trickett, Conference USA's women's soccer preseason defender of the year, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Trickett hurt her knee in practice last week. It's the third time she's injured her knee, one coming earlier in her career at Charlotte, the other in high school in Raleigh.
Trickett was a second-team all-conference pick in 2013 and also made the league's all-tournament team. She was a preseason first-team all-conference pick for this season.
The 49ers (1-3-1) play their first home game of the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Winthrop at TransAmerica Field.
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A few 49ers news items:
The 49ers men's soccer team gets a stern early season test Friday, hosting ninth-ranked Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. at Transamerica Field. The Chanticleers (1-1) have beaten then-seventh ranked Connecticut 3-2 and lost to No. 7 Maryland 3-2 on the road.
The 21st-ranked 49ers (1-0) won their season open on Sunday, beating Radford 2-1 despite playing a man down after defender Nick Barnhorst was issued a red card for a hand ball in the penalty area.
The Chanticleers ended Charlotte's 2013 season with a 1-0 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Charlotte beat Coastal Carolina in an earlier regular-season game 2-1 in Conway, S.C. One of the Chanticleers' top players is senior striker Ricky Garbanzo, who played at Rock Hill's Northwestern High. Garbanzo scored the game-winning goal against UConn.
Charlotte's volleyball team (3-2) will play in the Temple Invitational this weekend. The women's soccer team (1-2) is at Liberty on Thursday night.
Former 49ers point guard Ny Hammonds has signed a pro contract with Lithuania's Kibirkstis-VICI. Hammonds, who played at Concord High, was a second-team all-Conference USA selection last season and is Charlotte's career assists leader with 496. She is the third player under coach Cara Consuegra to play professionally, joining Amanda Dowe and Jennifer Hailey, who are also playing abroad.
Charlotte 49ers 2014-15 men's basketball schedule:
Former 49ers pitcher John Maine has been added to the baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.
Maine, a former Conference USA pitcher of the year for Charlotte, had a major league career that included stops with the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins. Maine won 41 games over his eight-year career, a highlight coming when he won Game 6 of the 2006 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Maine is the latest of a few former 49ers athletes who have joined Charlotte coaching staffs recently. Mikel Hunter is a football grad assistant; Owen Darby is men's soccer director of operations; and Colby Lewis was promoted from graduate manager to assistant director of operations.
-- It looks like juco transfer Branden Dozier has overtaken Ardy Holmes for one of the safety spots. Holmes has been slowed by an injury, but figures to get plenty of playing time at what is a deep position.
37 Hayden Pezzoni 5-9 160 R-So.
HLD: 5 LEE MCNEILL 6-1 200 R-SO.