Charlotte Eagles News Release - www.charlotteeagles.com
Saturday, August 4, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte Eagles defeated Antigua Barracuda FC 4-0 on Saturday night behind goals from Juan Guzman, Darryl Roberts, Josh Rife, and Jorge Herrera. The win gives the Eagles 29 points on the season with four games remaining on the schedule.
Charlotte controlled possession all night and got off to a fast start with Nate Thornton and Mauricio Salles pressuring the defense in the opening minutes.
Antigua's goalkeeper Molvin James kept them in the game early with a great diving save to keep a Mauricio Salles shot out of the net.
Molvin couldn't hold on forever, though, as Guzman volleyed from 30 yards out to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Seven minutes later, Roberts doubled the advantage when Herrera found him on a cross. Roberts left nothing to chance and buried it for the 2-0 lead.
Moments later and the Eagles were on their way as Rife got in on the scoring to put the Eagles firmly in front at 3-0.
Charlotte continued to press but the Antigua defense held on and Charlotte headed into halftime with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Antigua came out of halftime looking for a goal and had a great opportunity in the 57th minute when Orlando Mitchem forced Charlotte goalkeeper Eric Reed to make a diving save.
The Eagles responded three minutes later when Mauricio Salles settled the ball in the center of the box but his shot was hurried and went just wide to the left.
Eight minutes later, it was Salles with the assist as he found Rife for Charlotte's last goal of the night to put the Eagles up 4-0.
Charlotte had a few more opportunities on goal but the Antigua defense and James kept the Eagles in check to finish out the game.