STATESBORO, Ga. – Another explosive second half, along with five goals from five different scorers, pushed the Charlotte Men’s Soccer team past Georgia Southern, 5-0, as the leading man. Kevin Langan tied CLT’s all-time winning record with his 117th stint as Niners head coach.
The win pushed CLT’s record to 3-0-0 on the year, while Southern fell to 0-3-0 in the fledgling 2022 season.
The Niners saw junior goals Matthew Kirkthe elderly Alex Willis and Kameron Laceysecond year students Philippe Jauk and Caullum Watts.
Kirk finished the night with a trio of points on the Niners’ first three goals, scoring a Top Ten-worthy SC banger outside of the 18, before assisting on Willis’ own to later double CLT’s lead .
Senior Koby Carr and freshman Brad Gody also wrote their names on the scoresheet with one assist apiece, with Carr increasing his point streak to three straight games.
The Niners opened the night with an absolute blow as Kirk took control of possession just outside the 18th, bulldozed a pair of defenders and curled a shot into the top corner of the far post to give to CLT a 1-0 lead.
The halftime recall was largely dominated by the 49ers, who edged GS, 10-4, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
In the second half, the Niners scored early, often, and seemingly with every touch of the ball. On 15 minutes, Willis deflected/completed a brilliant move just inside the six to put the Greens and Whites up, 2-0.
A few minutes later, Jauk stole the ball in midfield and made a brilliant solo run that ended in a chipping of Southern’s keeper.
With less than half an hour remaining, Watts scored his first career collegiate goal, slotting a stunning free kick into the top 90 and just past the outstretched hands of goalies.
Lacey finished the scoring and cemented the final score line of the night after taking a brilliant ball from Dildy in the 18, before placing it coolly into the back of the net.
A SECOND HALF DAM… AGAIN
Charlotte scored four second-half goals on the night, taking her tally for the season to 10 goals after the half-time break. CLT has scored 12 goals this year, including just two in the first half—Lacey’s first game at UCONN in under three minutes and Kirk’s on Sunday at Statesboro.
ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET
Senior Thomas Wallis and the entire back line kept a second consecutive clean sheet. It’s the first time the Niners have posted back-to-back shutouts since beating South Carolina 3-0 and Wofford 2-0 last September.
leader man Kevin Langan became the winningest head coach in Charlotte men’s soccer history with his 117th win at the helm on Sunday night. He is currently tied with former coach John Tart and can break his record with a win over Detroit Mercy on Friday night.
Charlotte heads home for the first of four straight at Transamerica when she hosts Detroit Mercy on Friday night. Queen City kicks off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN+.