Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Niner Nation shows support
by Paul Kennedy, December 11th, 2011 9:21PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  college men

MOST COMMENTED

[MEN'S COLLEGE CUP] National championships are nothing new to North Carolina -- after all, Anson Dorrance's women have 20 NCAA titles in 30 years -- but Charlotte has never won an NCAA title, making Sunday's Division I men's championship game a big deal to the Niner Nation. A section of students decked out in green and seated behind the Charlotte goal gave the final plenty of atmosphere and they didn't stop chanting until the final whistle in the 49ers' heartbreaking loss to UNC.

It was all possible because the UNC Charlotte Student Government Association approved a request for $9,000 from the student activity's reserve fund to bus students to the final.

It followed a march by Charlotte students to the home of Chancellor Philip Dubois to seek financial help.

“It was phenomenal, as anybody who was out here watching, you could probably hear it on TV," said Charlotte defender Isaac Cowles, the Men's College Cup Defensive MVP of the student support. "They were loud all the way through. I couldn’t even hear a Carolina fan. All I heard was Charlotte. I just want to say a big thanks, because I know the chancellor bused a bunch of kids down, because the students couldn’t pay for it. They were just phenomenal today. They were there for us and I loved it. It was amazing.”

Strong student support has been the key to the surge in interest in the men's college game.

Programs such as UC Santa Barbara, Connecticut, Maryland and Akron have drawn large crowds.

The Charlotte support has been solid.

The 49ers drew a record 4,038 fans for an exhibition against North Carolina in August and averaged 1,542 fans for nine home dates during the season.

Not bad for a program didn't have a press box, let along stands or lights, until 1988.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Monday: BYU makes it three in a row, all shutouts    
No. 8 BYU made it three wins in three games, all by shutouts, as it beat ...
POTW: Diniz, Wyatt takes NSCAA honors    
Stetson senior midfielder Lucas Diniz and DePaul senior forward Elise Wyatt were named the NSCAA College ...
Monday: Morris gets first goal, Cardinal beats Cardinals    
Jordan Morris, who was not called up for the U.S. senior national team or under-23 team ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25    
UCLA and Virginia, last year's Men's College Cup finalists, remained 1-2 in the weekly Soccer America ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
Virginia is the new No. 1 in the weekly Soccer America Women's Top 25 rankings. Preseason ...
Women's Week 2: Three things we learned this weekend    
No. 1 Florida State has lost just two games the last two seasons -- both to ...
Men's Week 1: Three things we learned this weekend    
The 2015 men's college season opened this weekend. No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Virginia both ...
Five collegians headed to Serbia with U.S. U-20s    
U.S. under-20 men's national team head coach Tab Ramos named a 23-man roster for the 2015 ...
Jordan Morris is among a host of college stars    
Yes, MLS has stripped the college ranks of a lot of talent, but that doesn't mean ...
Men: Former national champs meet in Bloomington    
Maryland and Notre Dame, both former national champions, square off Friday on the first day of ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives