CLT hosts Louisiana Tech Thursday Night at C-USA home opener


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team (1-6-2, 0-2-0 C-USA) has its first Conference USA game at Transamerica Field this season Thursday night (Sept. 22) when the Niners host Louisiana Tech (3-5-2, 1-0-1 C-USA) at 7 p.m.

Thursday’s game is Greek night and another youth football club night. Plus, there’s an Aunt Anne pretzel giveaway for fans.


Louisiana Tech is 3-5-2 this year, but enters the game second in Conference USA with four points. The Lady Techsters beat WKU 1-0 last Thursday to open conference play before playing to a 2-2 draw at UTEP on Sunday. The two results ended a four-game losing streak for LA Tech where the Techsters scored just one goal. Charlotte has done well against Louisiana Tech over the years, entering Thursday with an all-time 4-1-0 record against the Lady Techsters, including an overtime win at Ruston last season.


Charlotte fell to 0-2-0 in American Conference action after a 2-0 loss at UTSA on Sunday. Both teams took five shots on goal, with Tash Hudson sending two on target for the Niners while Ariana Maibodi, Julia Patrumand Kiara Pralle everyone had one. Hudson had CLT’s best scoring chance in the contest when she landed a free kick off the crossbar early in the second half.


The second half of the season is for the Niners, with the first two games taking place in Texas. After Lone Star’s run through the state, the Greens and Whites host Louisiana Tech and UTEP this week to wrap up September.

Bailey Manfredi scored his first career goal with the winning goal to beat Coastal Carolina on September 8, then scored again and added an assist on Tash Hudson’s goal to tie the game against Gardner-Webb three days later for five points in two games that week. That was enough to make her the All-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12. She is the first Niner to earn Player of the Week honors since Abby Stapleton was named Goaltender of the Week last season and the first CLT Freshman to earn a weekly honor since Julia Patrum in 2019.


Hudson’s goal against GWU was her fourth of the season, tying her for fourth in Conference USA. She is currently averaging 0.50 goals per game, which is tied for third in the C-USA.


The victory against Coastal Carolina was not only the first of the season for the Niners, it was also the first for the head coach Brandi Fountain as the program’s head coach.


CLT leads Conference USA in saves per game, averaging 5.22 saves per game. The Niners made 47 saves in total during the season, which puts them second only to UTEP’s 48 saves in 10 matches. Emilie Keck leads Charlotte with 29 saves (4.14 average) while Emma Wakeman at 11 and Brenna Murray at seven o ‘clock.


Charlotte has a wealth of experience returning to the field this season, with 24 letter winners from the 2021 season returning in 2022 and just three leaving. Of the 11 starters, 10 make the 2022 squad, with the only loss being the starting keeper Abby Stapleton. Two of the main comebacks are All-Conference-USA second team members Piper Biziorek and third team winner and last year’s team MVP, Kristy Campbell.


CLT has five new players on the roster this season, consisting of four freshmen and one transfer. Hudson comes to Charlotte after spending the past three seasons at Barry where she was a two-time All-Sunshine State conference draft pick and All-Region player last season. Joining her in their first seasons wearing green and white are freshmen Bailey Manfredi, Ayanna Parker, Maggie Stephensand Laura Cate Westerbeek.


CLT has the opportunity to host the American Conference Championships this season, scheduled for November 2-6. The Niners have previously hosted the C-USA Championships five times, most recently in 2016 when the Green and White won the third C-USA Championship in program history.


Charlotte continues her week at home with a match against UTEP on Sunday noon (September 25).


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