Independence Celebrate Independence Day with Road Point
Cary (NC) - The Charlotte Independence extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-1 draw on the road at in-state rivals North Carolina FC on July 4th. Independence forward Niki Jackson netted the equalizing goal in the 14th minute as goalkeeper Brandon Miller recorded a season-high nine saves.
After a misfortunate play, the Independence trailed early courtesy a Yamikani Chester goal in the third minute. However, the Independence would respond in force off a Niki Jackson power shot. Jackson's equalizer was set up by Independence forward Enzo Martinez who leads in the team with six assists this season.
The second half would see the Independence be out-shot 11-to-1, but the prolific play-making goalkeeper Brandon Miller would record four saves to keep North Carolina FC scoreless.
The Independence will return home to the Sportsplex at Matthews on Sunday, July 7th versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. The Independence will next be in action on Saturday, July 13th as the 5th Annual Charlotte Fire vs Charlotte Police charity soccer game proceeds the Independence taking on Saint Louis FC.
NC - Yamikani Chester (Ulrich Ewolo) 3'
CLT - Niki Jackson (Enzo Martinez) 14'
NC - Steven Miller (yellow) 75'
CLT - Kevan George (yellow) 76'
CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE STARTING LINEUP
Brandon Miller; Adboulie Mansally (Aaron Maund - 78'), Steven Thicot, Hugh Roberts, Joel Johnson, Afrim Taku, Alex Martinez, Kevan George, Enzo Martinez, Dominic Oduro (Valentin Sabella - 65'), Niki Jackson (Jorge Herrera - 65')
North Carolina FC STARTING LINEUP
Alex Tambakis, D.J. Taylor, Caleb Duvernay, Aarón Guillén, Sam Brotherton, Benjamin Speas, Steven Miller, Yamikani Chester (Austin da Luz - 86'), Graham Smith, Andre Fortune, Ulrich Ewolo (Robert Kristo - 78')
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