ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Big South co-leader Radford remained unbeaten in the Big South Conference, but had to hold off a determined UNC Asheville effort before the Highlanders prevailed 2-1 at Greenwood Field Saturday afternoon.
The Highlanders (8-2-3, 6-0-0 BSC) remained unbeaten in their last seven games. RU scored twice in the first half to take a 2-0 halftime lead only to see the Bulldogs (1-13-0, 0-7-0 BSC) roar back in the second half and nearly tie the match.
Radford got first-half goals from Bernardo Ulmo and Ramzi Dridi as it led 2-0. Asheville got on the board early in the second half on Alex Chu's first career goal.
The Highlanders controlled the game in the first half. They fired the first nine shots on goal and ended up with a 13-2 advantage in shots at halftime.
Ulmo scored his team-leading 10th goal of the year at 17:03 when he took a pass from Jamie Summers and tapped the ball into the goal from five yards out for a 1-0 RU lead.
Asheville goalkeeper Dan Jackson was busy in the opening half but played well and kept the Bulldogs within striking distance as he made eight saves.
RU scored the eventual game-winner in the 40th minute. Ulmo fed Dridi who unleashed a shot from 25 yards out that managed to go into the upper right half of the goal for a 2-0 Highlander lead at 40:18. It was his fourth goal of the season.
The Bulldogs took charge early in the second half as they had the first three shots of the half. Asheville got on the board on a corner kick n the 54th minute. Stabler Cochrane sent a ball into the box that Chu was able to get his head on it and scored his first goal to cut the lead to 2-1.
Both teams exchanged chances in the final 30 minutes of the match. Bobby Castro of Asheville just missed tying the match when he shot from 20 yards out went inches wide with 10 minutes left.
Jackson finished the match with 11 saves. Radford held a 19-7 advantage in shots and a 12-4 edge in corner kicks.
The game was much more even in the second half as RU out-shot Asheville 6-5 and 4-3 in corner kicks.
The Bulldogs are off until next Saturday (Oct. 20) when they host VMI at Noon. Saturday's match will be the final home match of the year for UNC Asheville. The school will honor its seniors prior to the match. Radford travels to High Point next Saturday for a league showdown with the Panthers at 7:30 p.m.