USL PRO Game Report
Monday, September 1, 2014
MONTREAL -- The Charlotte Eagles earned one out of a possible three crucial points on Monday afternoon as they played to a 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact Reserves at Stade Saputo. Maxim Tissot and Jorge Herrera scored within five minutes of each other in the first 10 minutes of the game to leave the Eagles' slim playoff hopes hanging by a thread.
Tissot picked up a loose ball on the left edge of the penalty area before dribbling his way across the top of the box and slotting a shot home to the far post past Alec Kann in the fifth minute. Kann was able to get a finger to it, but couldn't push the ball far enough away and it snuck in the far post.
Charlotte responded well in the next five minutes as JJ Greer nearly missed tying the game off a Herrera corner kick. On the ensuing possession Richard Dixon forced the Impact Reserves defense into a turnover at the top of the penalty area. Zak Boggs picked up the loose ball and fired a shot low to the far post. Homegrown Impact goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau was able to get a touch on it, but Herrera was left unmarked at the back post and tapped the ball into the goal to even the game at 1-1.
Herrera now leads the Eagles with nine goals on the season. This also puts him in a tie for eighth place in the league in goals.
The first half ended with both teams exchanging possession but neither side came close to threatening to take the lead.
The second half opened with Charlotte looking to press the attack a bit more as the Eagles looked for a crucial second goal that would secure three away points. Second half substitute Drew Yates had Charlotte's best chance midway through the second stanza as he picked up a loose ball in the Montreal penalty area and fired a shot at Crépeau. The young Impact Reserves goalkeeper did well to get down and block the attempt and his defense helped him out by clearing the ball from danger.
Montreal was content to sit in and absorb Charlotte's attacks and looked to counter when given the chance. Late in the second half with Charlotte pressed high up the pitch the Impact Reserves came close but were denied once again by Kann and the Eagles defense.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw and Charlotte now looks to its final USL PRO regular season home game against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday, September 6th as a must win. The Eagles are not mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture but will need a victory on Saturday and some help to get in to the 2014 USL PRO Playoffs.
Tickets for Saturday's match can be purchased on www.CharlotteEagles.com for a discounted rate until Friday night (midnight).