Eagles Top Dynamo 2-1 to Close Out Regular Season Home Slate
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Eagles Top Dynamo 2-1 to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles (8-3-2, 26 pts) topped the Carolina Dynamo (2-8-2, 8 pts) on Tuesday night thanks to goals from Joao Costa and Ashley Sibisi and a nine save performance from Andrew Pannenberg in his Charlotte Eagles debut.
Charlotte came out looking to press from the opening whistle and it wasn’t long before they were rewarded. Joao Costa latched on to a driven ball by Ashley Sibisi in the 13th minute before rounding Dynamo goalkeeper Ryan Cretens and slotting the ball in to the empty net to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Costa returned the favor to Sibisi just four minutes later as his cross found Sibsi at the back post, the Zimbabwean took a touch to settle it before sending a left footed shot past Cretens to double Charlotte’s advantage 2-0.
Andrew Pannenberg, the Ardrey Kell and CSA product, made his Charlotte Eagles debut on Tuesday night and earned his first career win following a nine save performance. Pannenberg kept the match scoreless in the 13th minute as Danny Elliot was played in behind the Eagles defense before Pannenberg denied the Hofstra forward. Three passes and twenty seconds later Costa gave Charlotte the lead on the other end.
The second half of Tuesday’s match belonged almost entirely to the Carolina Dynamo. The visitors registered seven of their 10 shots in the second stanza, eventually getting one past Pannenberg in the 67th minute.
Danny Elliot would not be denied a second time as he took advantage of a long ball played in by Gideon Betz, taking a touch around an Eagles defender before finding himself 1v1 with Pannenberg. This time Elliot slotted it through Pannenberg’s legs to give the visitors some life in the final 23 minutes.
Charlotte looked to have found a late insurance goal but Curren Page’s 26-yard strike was inches wide of the post, leaving the match still 2-1 Eagles.
Pannenberg denied Elliot once more in the dying minutes of the match to preserve the win and secure all three crucial points.
Charlotte now travels to face North Carolina FC U23 on Friday in Cary, NC. Should Nashville SC U23 lose their match tomorrow then the Eagles will secure 2nd place in the Division and a playoff spot. If Nashville draws, then Charlotte would need at least a point on Friday. If Nashville wins tomorrow night against Derby City Rovers than the Eagles face their third consecutive must-win match on Friday.
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