Late goal sinks Spartans at Charlotte, 1-0
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Issac Caughran scored the game's only goal in the 78th minute as No. 17 Charlotte edged UNCG, 1-0, on Sunday night at Transamerica Field.
Caughran collected a header into the box from Will Mayhew and knocked a shot past Spartans keeper Peyton Ford to break a scoreless tie. Aaron Weldon also shared the assist.
"It wasn't much of a soccer game, to be honest," said UNCG head coach Justin Maullin. "It was very direct and unexciting play on the part of both teams. I told the guys that we can use this game to help us as we prepare for the Southern Conference season because, in terms of the style of play, this is how a lot of our conference games will be."
Trailing 1-0 down the stretch, UNCG (2-2-0) had a pair of chances in the final seven minutes. Aaron Reifschneider's attempt in the 84th minute went over the cross bar, and Reifschneider took another shot in the 88th minute but Charlotte keeper Klay Davis made the save.
Ford enjoyed a strong night in goal for the Spartans, making seven saves while facing 15 total shots. UNCG took six shots with Davis making three stops for the 49ers (4-1-0).
Hakan Ilhan, Adam Shore and Reifschneider led UNCG with two shots apiece.
The Spartans next face Navy, Saturday, Sept. 17 in Annapolis, Md.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
2010 UNCG Men's Soccer
#27 UNCG vs #17 Charlotte 49ers (Sep 11, 2011 at Charlotte, NC)
UNCG (3-2-1) vs. Charlotte 49ers (4-1)
Date: Sep 11, 2011 Attendance: 1279
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
UNCG................ 0 0 - 0
Charlotte 49ers..... 0 1 - 1
1. 77:16 CHA CAUGHRAN, Isaac (1) (MAYHEW, Will;WELDON, Aaron) - #2 crossed to his left; #6 headed, #23 put it in
Shots: UNCG 6, Charlotte 49ers 15
Saves: UNCG 7 (Peyton Ford 7), Charlotte 49ers 3 (DAVIS, Klay 3)