The Charlotte 49ers will host the Conference USA women’s soccer championships Wednesday through Sunday at Transamerica Field.
Charlotte (9-8-1, 5-4-1) opens quarterfinals play against Western Kentucky (12-6, 7-3) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The 49ers, who enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed, were 7-1 at home this season.
Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year Martha Thomas leads Charlotte with a conference-leading 26 points and a career-high eight assists. A junior, Thomas scored nine goals and has ranked among national leaders in several categories throughout the season. She was named first-team all-conference.
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Also recognized by the league was Charlotte’s Megan Greene, named C-USA Freshman of the Year. She matched Thomas in scoring with nine goals and was selected to second-team all-conference.
Charlotte senior Katie O’Neill also made the league’s second team. She scored three goals - the first time in her career and 13th in program history - against Louisiana Tech to highlight her season.
Defender/midfielder Riley Orr, named third-team all-conference, joined Greene on the league’s all-freshman team. She was the primary set-piece specialist taking free kicks and corner kicks. She had eight assists and scored her only goal off a corner kick at Florida International.
Western Kentucky’s Jason Neidell was named C-USA Coach of the Year.
Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship schedule:
Match 1: No. 1 North Texas (14-4-1, 9-1) vs. No. 8 Old Dominion (7-11, 5-5), 11 a.m.
Match 2: No. 4 Florida Atlantic (10-7-2, 6-3-1) vs. No. 5 Louisiana Tech (14-5-1, 6-4), 1:30 p.m.
Match 3: No. 2 Rice (11-4-1, 8-2) vs. No. 7 UTEP (12-6-2, 5-5), 4:30 p.m.
Match 4: No. 3 Western Kentucky (12-6, 7-3) vs. No. 6 Charlotte (9-8-1, 5-4-1), 7 p.m.
Match 5: Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner, 4:30 p.m.
Match 6: Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner, 7
Match 7: Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner (ESPN3), 11 a.m.