ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s soccer team opens Big South Conference play on Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Campbell at Greenwood Field starting at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Wednesday’s match is scheduled to be video-streamed on the Big South Digital Network and can be seen at uncabulldogs.com. Live Stats will also be provided at uncabulldogs.com.
The Bulldogs (4-4) face a solid Lady Camel squad on Wednesday. Campbell has posted a 4-3 overall record on the year. Asheville fell last Tuesday to South Carolina State, 1-0. The Lady Camels fell at VCU, 3-0 on Sunday.
Head Coach Michelle Demko is looking forward to her team entering league action.
“We are excited to enter conference play. The players are happy to get started against Campbell at home,” commented Demko. “We had a great week of training working on various themes. This group is talented and has displayed some of their best soccer in recent weeks. The remainder of the season the competition will be a higher level so we will have to be 90 minutes focused and disciplined. This bulk of the season it is most important that we stay together and stay committed the process we have been working on since early August.
The game tomorrow will be with two teams who move the ball well and take risks going forward,” added Demko. “Both teams will want to start conference play off with a win so there will be a lot of emotion on the field. I look for both teams to come out of the gate with a high tempo and most likely settle down within the first 15 minutes.”
Asheville looks to avenge last year’s heart-breaking loss at Campbell, 3-2. The Bulldogs led 2-0 early in the match before the Camels scored twice late in the first half to tie the game at 2-2. Cam Clark scored with 12 seconds in regulation to give CU the 3-2 win that wasn’t decided until Amanda Dailor’s last-second shot was saved as the buzzer sounded.
Wednesday’s game starts a four-game homestand for the Bulldogs, all against league opponents. Asheville hosts PC on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by home contests vs. Liberty (Oct. 2) and Charleston Southern (Oct. 5).
UNC Asheville is unbeaten at home this year at 3-0-0.
In three of the Bulldogs four losses, they’ve out-shot their opponents.
Asheville is looking for its first win over Campbell since a 4-1 victory in the 2005 season at Greenwood Field behind three goals from Hilary McKay.
The Bulldogs have allowed just nine goals in eight matches. Last year, Asheville allowed 28 goals in the season’s first eight games.
Sophomore midfielder Shenny Lenhart is tied for the team lead in goals with two. Both were overtime goals in wins over Mars Hill (Sept. 11) and Alabama State (Sept. 13).
Campbell leads the all-time series 6-3. Asheville has never beaten the Lady Camels as a Big South member. The Bulldogs recorded their three victories over CU in 2002, 2003 and 2005 when the Camel program was a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.