Sunday, November 20, 2011

49ers start fast, beat UAB 3-1

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Charlotte 49ers, scoring goals in the opening seconds of both halves, beat Alabama-Birmingham 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament Sunday night.

The 49ers will face defending champion Akron on Nov. 27 in a round of 16 game. The site hasn't yet been determined. The Zips beat SMU 3-2 Sunday.

Charlotte (15-4-2) scored 43 seconds into the game when Giuseppe Gentille broke down the left side and hit Evan James in front of the goal. James knocked it past Blazers goalie Carl Woszczynski and into the net.

The scored remained 1-0, until the 49ers scored nearly as quickly to open the second half. Jennings Rex broke behind the UAB defense and it was 2-0 at the 46:16 mark.

Charlotte made it 3-0 three minutes later when T.J. Beaulieu intercepted a sloppy Blazers pass and beat Woszcynski at the 49:24 mark.

UAB (13-5-3) made it 3-1 just a minute later when Chase Wickham scored.

The Blazers spent the rest of the game pressuring Charlotte's goal, but couldn't get it past Davis.

"It was 'shields-up' for us the rest of the way," said 49ers coach Jeremy Gunn.

Charlotte nearly made it 4-1 with about 12 minutes left when Bieulieu hit the post on a breakaway. Tyler Gibson missed on the rebound, hitting the ball high.

Said Blazers coach Mike Getman: "We obviously weren't ready to play the first minutes of each half. If it weren't for that, we'd still be out there playing."


Rboggs81 said...

Congrats Niners! I hope they have the Sweet 16 game here, I would love to go and support them in person! Forty! Niners! Woooo!

Unknown said...

Way to go Niners! This is definitely a fun team to watch.

Anonymous said...

Well Done Jeremy but you have Akron Next. Let's fine out if you're the real deal or just lucky.

Anonymous said...

If you wanna get paid like the big boys you gotta beat the big boys.Jeremy Gunn you are from england Akron's HC is from the US. Is this gonna be another red coat failure.

Dean Cowles said...

Great win tonight guys. We were there and it was convincing. BTW, who allows anonymous or unknown comments on this blog? Sign it or sign off. Dean Cowles

Anonymous said...

Gunn won three national championships and had two national runner up finishes in eight years at Fort Lewis. Don't be stupid and post how much harder it is to coach D1, because if anything coaching makes more of a difference at the D2 level. Win or lose on Sunday, the man can coach.

Anonymous said...

David, thank you for traveling to Birmingham and covering the game.