ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In a back and forth contest between Davidson and UNC Asheville the Wildcats were able to fend off a late Bulldog surge, earning a 3-2 victory at Greenwood Field on Saturday afternoon in the exhibition finale for both squads.
"From an attacking standpoint I was very pleased with our possession," said Asheville head coach Matt Kern. "From a setback standpoint I thought the goals we conceded were pretty soft, so that's something that we're going to need to look at."
The Bulldogs posted nine shots, with four shots on goals against Davidson, while the Wildcats recorded seven shots (five on goal).
Davidson's Alec Rotunda scored the first goal of the game, one-timing a free kick from 40 yards out that went over the Asheville keeper's head in the 12th minute of the first half. The Bulldogs responded in the 32nd minute, when Rob May took a pass from Paul Egle down to the end line and then rocketed a shot over the keeper who had come out to take away the attack angle from May.
Egle gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage in the 52nd minute, scoring on a shot from just inside the 18, on a cross from Trey Hemphill that Kenneth Lingerfelt back heeled to the trailing Egle, who put it in the back of the net.
Davidson tied the game in the 61st minute when Jake Keator crossed a ball into the keeper's area that Chris Pettiglio drove in a volley from 15 yards out to tie that game at 2-2.
Pettiglio would put the Wildcats up for good one minute later, scoring on an Alex Givens offering to give Davidson the 3-2 advantage.
The Bulldogs had some chances down the stretch, but were not able to get the equalizer the rest of the way.
Asheville will open the regular season next Saturday, Aug. 25, at Greenwood Field when the Bulldogs square off against Brevard College. Game time is set for 2 p.m.