Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte Express (3-8) fell to the Raleigh Flyers (7-3) 21-29 for the third time this season on Saturday, June 11 at Johnson C. Smith University. The Express couldn’t overcome their in state rival Flyers and will need to wait until next year to attempt their first win over the Raleigh franchise.
The Express started the game on offense and drove down the field and scored for an early lead. They would keep the early momentum to build a 4-2 cushion but the Flyers would answer back with a five goal run making it 4-7. Charlotte countered with a score and break to close the gap to 6-7. Charlotte had the chance at another break but ran out of time and were still down 6-7 at the end of the first quarter.
That’s as close as it would get as Raleigh began to slowly pull away throughout the rest of the game. Charlotte kept it close despite some unforced turnovers and trailed 13-16 at the end of the first half. The Express couldn’t chip away at the lead during the third quarter and were down 17-22 by the start of the fourth. Raleigh wouldn’t let up in the final quarter and closed out the game for a 21-29 victory.
Charlotte’s goals and assists were evenly distributed throughout the team. Four players added two assists each but Paul Weeks led the way with three. Shane Sisco continued to build his season’s goal total, tallying five more. The Express’ even distribution also carried over on defense, four players shared the team lead with two defensive stops each. Five players had a plus/minus of three.
The Raleigh Flyers were aided by solid contributions from many key players including offensive leader Justin Allen, who led the team in plus/minus at eight and assists with six. Jack Williams caught six goals to lead in scoring. On defense, Jake Coleman had three stops while Josh Hartzog added two of his own.
The Express travel to Jacksonville this Saturday to face the Cannons and close out the season series. In their previous match in Charlotte, the Express prevailed 26-23 in a hotly contested battle. The Express will return home Saturday June 25 for their final home game of the season against the Nashville Nightwatch.
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