Independence leaves with draw, raises money for charity
MATTHEWS – The Charlotte Independence played out a draw with Penn FC on July 28 at the Sportsplex at Matthews.
Forward Eamon Zayed scored his fourth goal of the season when he got on the end of an Alex Martinez cross at the back post. Penn FC answered with a goal from Aaron Dennis.
Perhaps the brightest spot of the night was the Independence raising $3,418 for Wounded Warrior Project on Military Appreciation Night by auctioning off limited edition, game-worn jerseys.
Charlotte ranks eighth in the United Soccer League’s Eastern Conference standings with seven wins, eight losses and seven draws. The team has won once in its last five games.
The Independence will return to action Aug. 8 when they take on Bethlehem Steel FC at the Sportsplex at Matthews.
Lacrosse players excel in Israel
NENTANYA, Israel – The Charlotte Hounds represented well in the 2018 FIL World Champions in Nentanya, Isreal.
Not only did Ryan Brown, Michael Ehrhardt, Will Haus, John Haus, Kevin Crowley and Jake Withers led their respective nations to the World Championship Game, but Brown and Ehrhardt earned All-World recognition after capturing gold.
Both players were named to the All-World Team while Ehrhardt was named Tournament MVP.
“Michael, I am guessing is one of the only defenseman to win a World’s MVP,” teammate Tom Schreiber said. “And, I think everyone on our team would agree 1,000 percent he was our MVP.”
Ehrahrdt, a longstick midfielder, became the first defender to earn MVP honors since Hall of Famer Dave Pietramala in 1990. He helped Team USA establish the best defense in the tournament with a 5.3 goals against per game average.
Brown, led Team USA with 25 goals, the second most ever for a United States player in a Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s World Championship and good enough for fourth-best in the tournament.
Hounds down, but not out of playoff picture
BOSTON – The Charlotte Hounds may have dropped to .500 with a loss to the Boston Cannons on July 28, but the Major League Lacrosse franchise still has a chance of reaching the postseason for the third time.
The Hounds (7-7) are clinging to the final playoff spot in the standings. Charlotte needs New York and Atlanta to drop their final two regular season games, positioning the Hounds in fourth place.
Charlotte had its lowest scoring game in a 14-7 loss to Boston to end its regular season.