Coach Kevin Langan isnt sure why his Charlotte 49ers seemed so uninspired in their college soccer home opener Tuesday against UNC Greensboro.
To come out with that lack of energy and urgency for our home opener, its a bit annoying, said Langan, whose 16th-ranked 49ers lost 1-0 to the Spartans at Transamerica Field.
So heres how Langan and assistants Kyle Gookins and Jason Osborne will spend Wednesday:
Well look at every film, every preparation, the team talk, said Langan said. How much time we had since the last game. Did we overtrain them? Did they go to class? What did they eat?
Well probably overanalyze it, but you have to. If you cant get up for your first home game, what can you do?
The 49ers (1-1) outshot the Spartans (2-0) 15-4. But UNC Greensboros only shot on frame went in.
The Spartans goal came early and was the result of some sloppy defending by the 49ers. After a long throw-in from the right side by Justin Jones bounced across the 18-yard box untouched by 49ers defenders, David Reittinger hit a left-footed shot past Charlotte goalkeeper Klay Davis at the games 7 minute, 8 second mark.
We knew he had a long throw in, said 49ers forward Giuseppe Gentile. We should have dealt with it.
Gentile, who scored both goals in Charlottes 2-0 season-opening win last Friday at Denver, couldnt make any of his five shots count. Two were headers that went high of the goal. Another, a volley from 10 yards in the first half, went high.
The 49ers best chance came with 6 minutes left when Thomas Allens header from close range went wide.
We tried to impose our game on them, said Gentile. But they keep whacking you, taking their time on throw-ins and trying to find a way to keep you out of your rhythm. Frustration crept into our game.
In the end, a Charlotte team with seven players who were starters in the 2011 national championship game fell to a UNC Greensboro squad picked to finish fourth in the Southern Conferences preseason poll.
The 49ers next game is Friday at 11th-ranked Coastal Carolina.
Its something weve got to get better at, our emotional control, said Langan. Weve got some experienced players, but maybe the occasion was a bit too much for us.
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