Eagles Cap 25th Anniversary Celebration with 1-0 Win on Saturday Night.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Eagles Cap 25th Anniversary Celebration with 1-0 Win on Saturday Night.


Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles (6-1-1, 19 pts) celebrated their 25th Anniversary on Saturday night and thanks to a Joao Costa 42nd minute goal, the celebration included all three points. Humberto Pelaez led a stingy Eagles defense to his first clean sheet of the season as he kept Tobacco Road FC (3-4-2, 11 pts) scoreless for the first time this year.


Charlotte (6-1-1, 19 pts), who now sits atop the South Atlantic Division, had a number of chances early on as Joao Costa rung one off the crossbar in the fifth minute. Costa was played in after Mutaya Mwape and Rachaun Palmer combined well on the right flank before Mwape found Costa in the middle of the field. Costa’s right-footed shot from 24 yards out eluded Tobacco Road keeper Sam Bissett but couldn’t beat the crossbar.


Costa, who led the Eagles with six shots on the night, threatened the Tobacco Road goal again in the 9th minute as Palmer’s cross found Costa at the back post but his header was inches wide of giving the hosts an early lead.


Charlotte came close again in the 28th minute as Ryan Williams put Mutaya Mwape in one on one with Bissett. Mwape tried to sneak the ball in past Bissett’s near post but narrowly missed and the score remained 0-0.


The Brazilian finally got on the board in the 42nd minute after a poor Tobacco Road goal kick. Bissett’s kick found Ryan Williams who headed it forward to Costa, Costa then forced Senyonjo Mukungu into a poor first touch which Joao pounced on before taking a touch to settle himself and slot it home to Bissett’s right to make it 1-0 Eagles.


During the halftime break as both teams tried to recover from the muggy, humid night in Charlotte. Some Eagles Legends took the field to help celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the organization. In a quick, although maybe not so quick to those playing, 10-minute game it was the Orange team that saw themselves come out victorious by a margin of 2-1. We can’t remember exactly who scored for Orange as the only thing we remember is some cagey commentary from Team Blue’s Ben Page. Page, an Eagles alum from 2008-2013, was given a microphone by the game organizers, and kept finding his way further and further back on the field.

All in all, the 25th Year Celebration was a success, as earlier in the day Eagles alums and their kids played in some small sided games. Former Eagles coach Mark Steffens led both the Men’s and Women’s teams and alumni, along with members of an Eagles Youth Tour heading to Brazil on Sunday in a pre-game chapel.


Back to the PDL action as the second half kicked off 1-0 in favor of Charlotte.


Following the halftime break the visitors from Durham looked to be on the front foot more than the Eagles.


Jonathan Ray came close to equalizing in the 54th minute as his 24 yard free kick curled over the wall but struck Pelaez’s crossbar keeping Charlotte ahead 1-0.


Tobacco kept more of the possession as they won free kick after free kick but were unable to capitalize on their chances.


Eli Garner came within inches in the 78th minute of leveling the match but his 46-yard lob was just narrowly high of going in. Garner picked up a loss ball following an Eagles turnover, had a look at where Pelaez was and gave it a crack.


Charlotte was able to weather the Tobacco Road storm in the final fifteen minutes and earn the three points. They now will return home on Thursday, June 22nd as the SC United Bantams visit Charlotte Christian for their only visit this season.


Tickets are available at CharlotteEagles.com


Keep that Orange Flag Flying High and we’ll see you on Thursday at Charlotte Christian!