ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s soccer team picked up its first home win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Brevard College at Greenwood Field on Sunday afternoon.
Junior defender Paul Egle put the Blue & White up 1-0 in the 51st minute, converting a penalty kick created by Emil Gonsalvez working inside the 18. BC tied the game on a penalty kick of their own, with Marcelo Betcer getting the equalizer in the 58th minute.
Gonsalvez put the Bulldogs up 2-1 when he took a cross from Kenneth Lingerfelt and converted from six yards out in the 70th minute. Stabler Cochrane iced the contest for the Bulldogs when he scored on a breakaway, beating the keeper with a low line drive into the bottom right corner of the goal in the 89th minute.
The game was delayed 30 minutes in the 41st minute due to inclement weather in the Asheville, N.C., area.
“The game was very slow for the first 35 minutes, but after the rain delay the pace picked up for both teams,” said Asheville head coach Matt Kern. “I was comfortable with the second half speed of play from our guys. We did well to go up 1-0 and then made a mental error and reduced ourselves to 10 men. However, Emil Gonsalvez scored a great goal and then Stabler Cochrane put the game away.”
The Bulldogs out-shot the Tornadoes 13-9 and had six corner kicks to just three for BC. Asheville goalkeeper Dan Jackson tallied three saves in the contest while Brevard’s Heath Turner tallied six.
Asheville will next be in action on Friday, Sept. 6, when the Bulldogs travel to Boone, N.C., to take on region-rival Appalachian State at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers earned a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs last season at Greenwood Field.