ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s soccer team is home at Greenwood Field on Wednesday, Sept. 11 against Mars Hill starting at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Wednesday’s match will be video-streamed and can be seen for free at the Big South Digital Network at uncabulldogs.com. Check the multimedia link at the top of the page.
The first 100 fans through the gates on Wednesday will receive a free Wells Fargo water bottle.
The Bulldogs (2-3-0) look to snap a frustrating three-game losing streak. All the losses occurred on the road and all could have been victories. Michelle Demko’s club fell at Wofford, 1-0 last Sunday (Sept. 1), 2-0 at Appalachian State on Thursday (Sept. 5) and 2-1 at Chattanooga (Sept. 8) this past Sunday. In each match, the Bulldogs controlled play for most of the matches but couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net enough.
Coach Demko looks forward to the first match-up between the Lions and Bulldogs in 13 years. Asheville leads the all-time series 2-0. However, Demko wants her team to remember the date that this match is being played on Wednesday afternoon.
"After being on the road for a few games, it will be nice to play at home in front of our fans,” stated Demko. “The significance of what 9/11 represents adds another dimension for the game. The best way for us to honor those who were involved in 9/11 is to play with honor, respect and pride. All words we talk about in our program on a daily basis. Wednesday will be more than a game for us, it will be a day we get to share our identity and honor the memory of 9/11."
Mars Hill has played just once on the season and is 0-0-1 after tying Mount Olive last week 2-2. The Lions trailed 2-0 before rallying in the second half with two goals to knot the match.
The teams have not played since the 2000 season when Asheville downed the Lions at Mears Stadium, 10-1.
After Wednesday’s match, the Bulldogs play their next two matches away from home. Both will be non-conference affairs as Asheville journeys to Alabama State (Sept. 13) and South Carolina State (Sept. 17).
The Bulldogs open Big South Conference play at Greenwood Field on Sept. 25 vs. Campbell.