BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Charlotte defeated UAB 3-1 on Sunday Night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. With the loss, the Blazers finish an outstanding season with a final record of 13-5-3 overall.
Charlotte wasted no time getting on the board first when senior forward Evan James scored his fifth goal of the season just 43 seconds into the contest. James’ goal was set up by a low cross from Giuseppe Gentile that found the streaking James right in front of goal. James calmly deposited the ball past UAB goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski and into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead.
It was the same exact scenario for the 49ers to begin the second half. This time, the goal was scored only 1:16 into the second half. Charlotte’s T.J. Beaulieu sent a through ball to the feet of Jennings Rex, who then slipped the ball past Woszczynski and into the lower right corner for a 2-0 Charlotte advantage.
Just over three minutes later, at the 49:24 mark, the 49ers extended their lead to a three-goal advantage when Beaulieu took a pass from Isaac Caughran and drilled a shot past Woszczynski for an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
But the Blazers would not go down without a fight. UAB answered just under a minute later, at the 50:36 mark, when junior Kofi Gyawu sent a long cross to the back post that found a wide open Chase Wickham. The Vancouver, B.C. native then snapped a header into the right side of the net to cut the Charlotte lead to 3-1.
UAB had another couple solid scoring opportunities in the 64th minute and the 70th minute. However, two different Charlotte defenders each made a team save with its goalkeeper out of position in both instances, keeping the 49er lead at two goals.