Monday, November 16, 2009

Men's soccer is NCAA bound

A tough schedule and some big wins brought the Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer team an end-of-the-season bonus on Monday.

Although the 49ers (11-3-5) were eliminated from the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament last week by host Rhode Island, Charlotte received an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament - its first tournament invite since 1997.

Charlotte will host Colonial Athletic Association champion UNC Wilmington (14-2-4) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Transamerica Field.

“This is a true reward for the hard work our players have put in this season,” said 49ers coach Jeremy Gunn. “I think what I’m most proud of is how our players have continued to play fantastic soccer.

“On some days were finished more of our scoring opportunities. On some days we didn’t. But they’ve always played hard.”

Thursday’s winner advances to a matchup at No. 3 seed Wake Forest (14-3-3) at 1 p.m. Sunday. The 49ers defeated the Deacons 3-1 earlier this season.

The Seahawks are coached by former 49ers soccer standout Aidan Heaney, who as goalkeeper led Charlotte to its first NCAA appearance in 1991.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Jeremy and the 49ers. Hate that we have to beat my fiend Aidan Heaney in the first round. GO NINERS! - Mark C '83

wfudeacon79 said...

Hate to say it but the 49ers won't get past my Deacs this time! There's a revenge factor plus it's the NCAA tournament! Sorry to bust the 49er bubble! GO DEACS!!

Anonymous said...

wfudeacon79: The key words in your comments are "this time." That means there was a time and if the 49ers get by UNCW, there could be a "this time" again.

wfudeacon79 said...

Won't happen in the NCAA! Mark my words! We owe you to begin with and we want the championship....AGAIN!