Independence Victorious on McKenna Strong Night
Charlotte (NC) - On Tuesday night the Charlotte soccer community raised $10,000 for U.S. Women's National Team SheBelieves Hero award winner, McKenna Woodhead. The outpouring of support was the 2nd Annual event in honor of the 15-year-old who has provided inspiration for the entire soccer community.
A footnote to the impact of McKenna's resiliency, the Independence battled Bethlehem Steel FC to a 2-1 victory. The Independence kept their opponents off the scoreboard in the first half and even took a lead when Mark Hill's free-kick glanced off the crossbar and finished by Andrew Gutman for his 2nd goal of the season.
In the second half, Independence midfielder Alex Martinez swung in an inch-perfect pass which was headed in for a goal by Jorge Herrera. In the final stages of the game, Bethlehem would spoil a clean sheet for goalkeeper Curtis Anderson, who made his first-team debut.
The win marks the first for new Head Coach Jim McGuinness' and of the 2019 for the Independence. The team will cap off a three-game, seven day, homestand on Saturday, April 20th as in-state rivals North Carolina FC visit the Sportsplex at Matthews for a NC Derby and Southern Derby showdown.
CLT - Andrew Gutman 29'
CLT - Jorge Herrera 72' (Alex Martinez)
BST - Chavany Willis 80'
BST - Cole Turner (yellow) 57'
CLT - Gutman (yellow) 66'
BST - Matt Real (yellow) 84'
BST - Benjamin Ofeimu (yellow) 85'
CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE STARTING LINEUP
Curtis Anderson; Andrew Gutman, Hugh Roberts, Steven Thicot, Joel Johnson; Afrim Taku, Alex Martinez, Mark Hill (Abdoulie Mansally - 85'), Jake Areman; Jorge Herrera, Niki Jackson
BETHLEHEM STEEL FC STARTING LINEUP
Carlos, Benjamin Ofeimu, Olivier Mbaizo, Issa Rayyan (Cole Turner - 45'), Matt Real, Anthony Fontana (James Chambers - 64'), Derrick Jones, Jack De Vries (), Chavany Willis, Michee Ngalina, Faris Pemi Moumbagna
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