Tech soccer faces road test at Charlotte

Tech will face Charlotte tonight at 6 p.m.

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech soccer will play the backend of a two-game Conference USA road swing against Charlotte Thursday, Sep. 22 at 6 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C. at Transamerica Field.

Date/Time: Thursday, Sep. 22 | 6 p.m.
Location: Transamerica Field (Charlotte, N.C.)
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Live Stream: ESPN+
Series: Charlotte leads 4-1-0 | 0-2-0 in Charlotte

Louisiana Tech looks to remain unbeaten in conference play after picking up a home win over WKU (1-0) and earning a hard fought come-from-behind draw with UTEP (2-2) in El Paso last Sunday.

Tech has a chance for their best start to Conference USA play if they can earn the win in Charlotte, giving them seven points through three games. They have earned six points previously in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, starting 2-1-0.

The three goals scored last week matches the best two-game stretch of the season since the first two matches against Murray State and Northwestern State. Tech has outshot their last three opponents (33-20) and have increased scoring chances from set pieces earning 18 corner kicks over the last four matches. Tech had just 11 corners in the first six matches of 2022.

Tech has continued to get healthier after battling an array of injuries including the return of senior captain Josie Studer who missed the first eight matches of the season. Tech has had to lean on a number of youthful players to open the season seeing 19 players earn at least one starting spot through ten matches.

ABOUT Charlotte (1-6-2)
Charlotte welcomes LA Tech to Transamerica Field after spending their last three matches on the road against Gardner-Webb (3-3), North Texas (0-4), and UTSA (0-2). Their lone win was at home against Coastal Carolina, 2-1, on Sep. 8.

The 49ers started the 2022 campaign just 1-4-0 but have played the likes of ACC foes Virginia Tech and the top-five ranked Duke Blue Devils.

Charlotte is now led by new head coach Brandi Fontaine who takes over for the program’s all-time winningest coach, John Cullen, who stepped down for a new position in March.

LA Tech and Charlotte will meet for the sixth time on the pitch Thursday night, with Charlotte leading the all-time series 4-1-0. The 49ers also hold a 2-0 series lead in North Carolina where Tech was shutout in 2014 (3-0) and 2016 (4-0).

Tech’s lone series win came in 2017 (2-1) in Ruston before falling to the 49ers later that season in the Conference USA tournament semifinals in Boca Raton, Fla.

Last year’s meeting was taken by Charlotte in Ruston, 2-1, in overtime on a goal in the 100′.

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