Oct. 11, 2009

Courtesy of Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte men’s soccer team played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie with the Richmond Spiders in a Sunday Atlantic 10 match with the 49ers outshooting the Spiders 18-11 in the game with eight shots on goal compared to Richmond’s five. The Niners moved to 7-1-3 on the season and 1-0-1 in A-10 play, while the Spiders improved to 3-7-1 overall and 0-1-1 in conference.

Charlotte had ample opportunities to score in match, but the ball was unwilling to go into the net. An early chance came for the Niners in the 3rd minute when an Adam Gross shot minute careened off the crossbar missing a goal by mere inches. Later in the 20th minute, Evan James’ shot from 20 yards out was saved by Richmond’s goalkeeper Brock Tomlinson to keep the game scoreless. Tomlinson, who record eight saves in the game, saved another shot a minute later by Luke Exley, whose shot was heading toward the left corner before Tomlinson stopped the attempt.

49ers goalkeeper David Martin made plenty of great saves as well by stopping five Richmond shots in the overtime game. Martin stopped a Richmond attack in the 48th minute by diving to stop Ben Brewster’s header towards the right side of the net. The shutout was Martin’s third of the season and 22nd of his career. With the shutout, the 49ers have held their last three opponents scoreless and not allowed a goal in 321 consecutive minutes of play.

Gross and Jennings Rex led Charlotte in shots with four apiece, while Rex and Exley both had two shots on goal.

With the tie, Charlotte extended its A-10 leading unbeaten streak to 10 with the 49ers going 7-0-3 during the stretch. The 49ers are 4-1-2 in their seven Atlantic 10 matches played at Transamerica Field.

The Niners travel to Saint Louis for their next match when they face the Billikens of Saint Louis in their first Atlantic 10 road match of the season on Saturday, Oct. 17th at 8 p.m. EST.