Friday, April 26, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 2-0 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Friday night night at Queens Sports Complex. The Eagles were led by goals from Christian Ramirez and Christian Meza while getting another strong performance by goalkeeper Eric Reed and the club's defense.
The Eagles opened the scoring quickl as Meza found Ramirez open at the back post for Charlotte's first goal of the night in the third minute. Pittsburgh's first real opportunity came in the 15th minute as Kevin Kerr tested Eric Reed with a chip but Reed was able to get a hand to it to keep it out of the net.
The Riverhounds would be reduced to 10 men in the 25th minute when defender Anthony Vazquez would be sent off for a tackle from behind on Meza. The Eagles came close to doubling their lead eight minutes later as Jorge Herrera, making his first appearance of the season, took a flick on from Meza, only to send his shot over the bar.
Charlotte was able to make it 2-0 nine minutes into the second half as Meza drove home a third rebound opportunity after Riverhounds goalkeeper Greg Blum had made three fine point-blank saves before Meza finished his chance. The pace slowed as the second half progressed, with the Eagles controlling much of the possession. Reed was tested a couple of times in the second half by the Riverhounds, but was able to maintain his shutout with six saves. With the win Charlotte ends a four-game homestand with two wins and two draws for a total of eight points.
The loss drops Pittsburgh to 0-3-1, with the Riverhounds set to travel to Charleston to take on the Battery on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium. The Eagles take to the road this coming Saturday, May 4th for their first road game against the Richmond Kickers.