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Jacks Win On The Road Against Northern Colorado Hailstorm, 1-0

Goalkeeper Austin Pack Re-Signs with Charlotte for 2023

July 7, 2024 – United Soccer League One (USL1)
Charlotte Independence News Release

WINDSOR, Colo. – The Charlotte Independence earned a physical road win against Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC on Saturday evening at Future Legends Complex. The Jacks return to play against Chattanooga Red Wolves SC on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. at CHI Memorial Stadium. The match can be streamed on ESPN+.


HOW IT HAPPENED:

Both teams played at a slower tempo for most of the first 30 minutes of the match. Each team challenged the opposing goalkeepers around the 36th minute, but otherwise, the offensive production was limited overall.

Halftime: Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC 0, Charlotte Independence 0.

A shot off the post by Northern Colorado in the 50th minute and subsequent action to clear the ball forced #1 Austin Pack to leave the pitch due to injury after numerous attempts to remain in the game.

In the 55th minute, goalkeeper #28 Matt Levy started a quick break for the Jacks with a throw to #17 Clay Dimick on the right wing. After a pass from Dimick, #8 Joel Johnson sent a long ball into the penalty area where #9 Kharlton Belmar centered the ball with a header. A Hailstorm defender tried to head the ball back to the goalkeeper and nearly sent it into the back of the net, but it trickled out for a corner kick.

Another promising attack for the Independence started from the back with a long dribble by #7 Rayan Djedje in the 61st minute. His pass to Belmar in the penalty area was then crossed to #29 J.C. Obregón Jr., but Northern Colorado cleared it away from danger.

The Jacks suddenly took the lead off a direct free kick in the 68th minute. #14 Luis Alvarez swung in a well-placed ball from the middle third of the pitch directly to the head of Obregón Jr. who beat the Hailstorm goalkeeper at the near post.

Levy made multiple crucial saves as Northern Colorado pushed to find an equalizer. The Jacks weathered the storm on defense as the hosts held 67.9% possession during the final 15 minutes of the match.

Fulltime: Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC 0, Charlotte Independence 1.

IN THE NUMBERS:

#28 Matt Levy made his professional debut, entering as a substitute in the second half.

This was the first road win against Northern Colorado Hailstorm for the Independence all-time.

The Independence attempted seven shots in this game, the lowest total in a single match for the Jacks in USL League One this season.

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