ASHEVILLE, N.C. - #23 Charlotte scored six times in the first half en route to a 7-0 exhibition victory over short-handed UNC Asheville Wednesday afternoon at Carolina Day Soccer Field.
The Bulldogs played the match without three starters who were out with injuries. Kyle Parker and Brandt Bronico led the 49er effort with two goals each in the first half.
Asheville head coach Matt Kern chalked up Wednesday’s match as a learning experience.
“While it was a very difficult result, it was a tremendous learning experience for the group to play Charlotte,” declared Kern. “The speed of the game was very fast, and we learned a bit about the type of communication and collective defending that is necessary to succeed at this level.
“The first half score line is on me. I made the choice to play an aggressive formation in the first half, and Charlotte did a great job in its attacking third,” added Kern. “We will be a better team for having played this match.”
Parker opened the scoring in the sixth minute when he scored on a shot from 10 yards out. Bronico tallied Charlotte’s next two goals to push the margin to 3-0.
The 49ers struck twice in the three-minute span to pad the lead to 5-0 as Zhuvonte Wilson and
Brennan Bradock scored in the 31st and 34th minutes respectively.
Parker added his second goal on a PK in the 44th minute to give Charlotte a 6-0 halftime lead. The 49ers out-shot the Blue & White, 15-2 in the first half.
The Bulldogs played Charlotte more evenly in the second half and almost scored to start the half when a Zach Joens shot was wide in the first minute of play.
Dominic Bonilla scored the 49ers final goal at 72:59 to complete the scoring.
Zak Davis made four saves for Asheville in the first half in goal. Dan Jackson allowed one goal and made one save in the second stanza for the Bulldogs.
Charlotte out-shot Asheville 23-5 for the match.
UNC Asheville plays its final exhibition game this Saturday evening at Carolina Day Soccer Field when the Bulldogs host Clemson starting at 6 p.m.