Eagles Earn Road Win in Columbia
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Eagles Get Back on Winning Track against Bantams
Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles got back on the winning track with a 1-0 victory on Saturday night in Columbia, SC. Following a loss the previous Saturday against the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, Charlotte earned all three points against SC United thanks to a Douglas Oliveira goal in the 49th minute of action.
Charlotte (4-1-0, 12 pts) now sits alone in second place behind Nashville SC (5-0-0, 15 pts) in the South Atlantic Division of the PDL. SC United (2-2-0, 6 pts) drops to sixth in the division. The top two teams in the South Atlantic Division at the end of the regular season qualify for the Eastern Conference Championships, to be hosted by Tormenta FC at Georgia Southern University.
Head Coach Dave Dixon made four changes to his starting lineup for Saturday’s contest. James Pyle got his second PDL start of the year in goal. Defender Rachaun Palmer and Winger Shavon John-Brown made their first starts of the season, while Paul Afful debuted up top after playing in the midfield earlier this year.
Charlotte started the game controlling the majority of the possession but had a hard time breaking down the Bantams back line. John-Brown came close in the 18th minute as he got around his defender but his shot found the outside of the goal keeping the match scoreless. Kelvin Omondi was in search of his eighth league goal of the season four minutes from the halftime break but his shot was deflected high of the Bantams net.
SC United came close to opening the scoring as a Bantam was played in behind the Eagles defense only to see James Pyle get a piece of the shot forcing it wide of his goal and keeping the score 0-0.
Following a 0-0 halftime break the Eagles got on the board quickly in the 49th minute. Ryan Williams sent in a right-footed corner and Douglas Oliveira was left unmarked on the back post. Oliveira volleyed it home to give the visitors the vital 1-0 lead.
SC United started to see more of the possession in the second half as the Eagles were content to see their lead out. Action started heating up late in the match as the Bantams pressed harder and harder for the equalizer. Both teams were shown yellows in the second half as frustration continued to mount.
SC United came close in the 88th minute to finding the equalizer as second half sub Terell Williamson was in 1v1 with Pyle. Pyle made the initial save on Williamson’s shot and Jordan Walshaw had a chance to chip in the rebound but his attempt was cleared away from danger by Gio Bejarano.
Charlotte was able to see the rest of the match out and come away with a big three points on the road.
They now travel to Wilmington on Wednesday for a match against the Hammerheads (1-2-0, 3 pts) before heading to Greensboro, NC on Saturday to take on the Carolina Dynamo (1-3-0, 3 pts).
From Charlotte to Wilmington we’ll keep the Orange Flag Flying High!