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Independence Move Past Memphis

By James Thomas, 10/12/19, 11:00PM EDT

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Jackson's heroics pulls Independence through in Memphis

Memphis (TN) — The Charlotte Independence extended their winning streak to three games with a 2-1 victory over Memphis 901 FC on Saturday night. Independence forward Niki Jackson was in on both scores, including the game-winning header in the 77th minute. 

Throughout a quiet first half, the Independence mainly dominated the quality chances, finally breaking through in the 39th minute. Independence defender Clay Dimick crossed in a ball, which Jackson acrobatically kicked forcing a save from Memphis goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell. The rebound fell directly to Jorge Herrera who netted his 72nd career USL Championship regular-season goal. 

For a second consecutive game, the Independence only conceded a goal outside of the run of play via a penalty kick. In the 73rd minute, Memphis forward Brandon Allen stepped to the spot and scored the penalty, but follow an altercation, was immediately sent off on a straight red card. 

In a dramatic change of the game, Memphis was reduced to 10-men, and then Independence midfielder Enzo Martinez picked out Niki Jackson for the go-ahead score. Collecting all three points, the Independence eliminated Memphis for playoff contention and leapfrogged them in the Eastern Conference Standings. 

The Independence will return home for the final regular-season home game  this Saturday, October 19th for Kick Breast Cancer Night presented by Novant Health. Tickets are on sale at charlotteindependence.com. 

SCORING SUMMARY

CLT – Jorge Herrera 39'
MEM – Brandon Allen (PK) 73'
CLT – Niki Jackson (Enzo Martinez) 77'
 

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

MEM  – Ewan Grandison (yellow) 59'
CLT – Niki Jackson (yellow) 62'
MEM – Brandon Allen (red) 75'
CLT – Hugh Roberts (yellow) 75'
CLT – Brandon Miller (yellow) 75'
MEM – Liam Doyle (yellow) 79'
MEM – Pierre Da Silva (yellow) 88' 
MEM – Marc Burch (yellow) 90+4'
MEM – Pierre Da Silva (red) 90+6' 

 

CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE STARTING LINEUP

Brandon Miller; Steven Thicot, Hugh Roberts, Clay Dimick, Abdoulie Mansally, Ricardo Bocanegra, Dominic Oduro,  Jake Areman (Valentin Sabella –  76'), Niki Jackson, Jorge Herrera, Enzo Martinez

Memphis 901 FC STARTING LINEUP

Jeff Caldwell, Wesley Charpie (Joshua Morton –  85'), Marc Burch, Ewan Grandison, Liam Doyle, Cameron Lindley, Pierre Da Silva, Lagos Kunga, Marcus Epps, Dan Metzger (Elliot Collier – 61'), Brandon Allen

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