Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Charlotte 49ers' Trickett out for season with knee injury

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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

49ers men's basketball team paints for charity

Photo courtesy of Charlotte 49ers sports information

Members of the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team spent Friday morning helping paint the interior of a home in the university area as part of the Purple Heart Homes Charity, an organization that adapts and remodels homes for disabled veterans. Players and staff put several coats of paint on rooms inside the home.

For more information on the Purple Heart Homes Charity:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

49ers host Coastal in men's soccer Friday; Hammonds signs pro contract

A few 49ers news items:

Men's soccer

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.

Women's basketball

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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Charlotte 49ers men's basketball open against Elon; also faces Georgetown

Two games at Washington’s Verizon Center – against Georgetown and George Washington – highlight the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball nonconference schedule.

The 49ers will face the Hoyas on Dec. 20 and former Atlantic 10 rivals Colonials on Dec. 7.

Charlotte opens its season Nov. 16 at Elon and begins its 18-game Conference USA schedule Jan. 4 against Old Dominion at Halton Arena.

Georgetown was 18-15 last season and lost in the second round of the NIT to Florida State. The game is the first of a home and home agreement between the schools, with the second to be played next season at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

George Washington went 24-9 and was one of six Atlantic 10 teams to play in the NCAA tournament, losing to Memphis in the second round.

The 49ers’ home schedule includes a visit from Miami on Nov. 25.

Charlotte will also play in the Charleston Classic Nov. 20-23, opening with a game against Penn State.

The 49ers play their annual game against Davidson for the Hornets Nest Trophy on Dec. 3 at the Wildcats’ Belk Arena. Charlotte also plays at Georgia Tech on Dec. 30.

Other home games include Appalachian State, College of Charleston and N.C. A&T. The 49ers also visit UNC Asheville.

Charlotte 49ers 2014-15 men's basketball schedule:

Nov. 11, Newberry (exh.); 16, at Elon; Nov. 20-23, at Charleston Classic; 26, Miami; 30, at UNC Asheville.

Dec. 3, at Davidson; 7, at George Washington (Verizon Center); 16, College of Charleston; 18, Appalachian State; 20, at Georgetown (Verizon Center); 30, at Georgia Tech.

Jan. 4, Old Dominion; 8, at Western Kentucky; 10, at Marshall; 15, North Texas; 17, Rice; 22, at Ala.-Birmingham; 24, at Middle Tennessee; 29, Florida Atlantic; 31, Florida International.

Feb. 4, N.C. A&T; 7, at Old Dominion; 12, at Texas-El Paso; 14, at Texas-San Antonio; 19, Louisiana Tech; 21, Southern Mississippi; 26, at North Texas; 28, at Rice.

March, 5, Western Kentucky; 7, Marshall; 11-14, C-USA tournament (at Birmingham, Ala.).