Eagles Host Dynamo in Doubleheader Regular Season Home Finale
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Charlotte Hosts Carolina Dynamo in Regular Season Home Finale
Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles (7-3-2, 23 pts) will host the Carolina Dynamo (2-7-2, 8 pts) on Tuesday night at 7 pm at Charlotte Christian School. The men’s game will be preceded by the Charlotte Lady Eagles taking on the Lady Dynamo in a doubleheader starting at 4 pm.
Carolina comes in to Tuesday nights matchup having held division-leading Myrtle Beach to a 1-1 draw. Myrtle Beach scored in the 61st minute as Tobenna Uzo headed home his 12TH goal of the season to give the visitors the lead. The Dynamo were not to be denied a point as Danny Elliot leveled the match in the 83rd minute off an assist from Nicholas Adamczyk.
The Dynamo are led in scoring by Wake Forest standout, Jon Bakero. Bakero finds himself at #6 on the latest USL PDL Top Prospects list. The Spanish forward has scored five goals in six games played so far in 2017. In the 2016 college season, he added seven goals and four assists as the Demon Deacons won the ACC Tournament before falling to Stanford in the NCAA title game.
Charlotte took another step closer to qualifying for the playoffs with a 2-0 win over NCFC U23 on Saturday night. Following an hour and a half weather delay to start the match the Eagles opened the scoring in the 29th minute. NCFC goalkeeper Vinnie Durand was called for handling the ball outside of the penalty area, leading to a Ryan Williams free kick.
The Eagles skipper stepped up and sent his free kick in off the crossbar to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Joao Costa nearly doubled the Eagles lead in the 40th minute. The Brazilian picked off a loose ball 27 yards from the NCFC goal and clipped in a left footed attempt, catching Durand off his line. The ball hit the post and stayed out however, keeping the Eagles lead at just 1-0. Two minutes later James Pyle denied Baboucar Njie’s penalty kick to preserve the 1-0.
Costa finally found a breakthrough goal in the 82nd minute to give Charlotte the 2-0 win. Hazeley Pyle sent a long ball out of the back and after an NCFC defender misjudged the bounce, Costa was in alone from 40 yards out. His second touch was a bit heavy but he was able to beat Will Pulisic to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
The goal, Costa’s eighth of the season, ties him for the team lead in goals scored and gives him the overall points lead with 17 as he has one more assist than Kelvin Omondi.
James Pyle recorded his third clean sheet of the season on Saturday night. He is fourth in the PDL with a .886 save percentage and has a goals against average of .67.
Charlotte has two matches, Tuesday night and then a return match Friday night against NCFC U23 in Cary, NC, remaining and needs to win both to qualify for the playoffs.
Be sure to come out to Charlotte Christian tomorrow night to support both your Eagles and Lady Eagles! One ticket ($10 for Adult, $5 for Youth) gets you in to both matches! The Lady Eagles kick off at 4 pm, followed by the men’s team at 7.
Keep the Orange Flag Flying High and we’ll see you Tuesday night at Charlotte Christian!