MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The UNC Asheville women’s soccer team looks to win its first road game of the year at Alabama State this afternoon at 4 p.m. CST.
The Bulldogs (3-3-0) are coming off an emotional 1-0 overtime victory over Mars Hill Wednesday afternoon. Asheville dominated the match but could not score in regulation. The game was delayed for 35 minutes due to lightning late in regulation. In overtime, sophomore Shenny Lenhart tallied her first goal of the year one minute into to give the Bulldogs the win and snap a three-game losing streak.
Alabama A&M is also 3-3-0 on the season and owns a 3-2 road win over Chattanooga earlier this year. The Lady Mocs edged the Bulldogs in Chattanooga last weekend, 2-1. Asheville held a 16-9 advantage in shots in that match against UTC. The Bulldogs are looking for their first road win of the season after losing their first three matches.
This is the first ever meeting between the teams. Head Coach Michelle Demko is looking forward to the match.
"We are coming off a great win, where we kept fighting and put our opponents under pressure from the opening whistle,” commented Demko. “We will have to do that for 90 minutes against Alabama State. Our game plan does not change. Our focus will be to put Alabama State under pressure right away, keep the ball on the ground and move it using the width in our attacking third. Road games are a good test of a team’s character. I am looking for us to reveal ours and continue our momentum of success."
Asheville enjoyed its second shutout on Wednesday against the Lions. That marks the first time the Bulldogs have had two shutouts in a season since the 2011 season. The Blue & White have allowed just six goals in six matches, a big improvement from last season when Asheville conceded 24 goals in the first six matches of the year.
The Bulldogs continue their road swing this Tuesday (Sept. 17) when they travel to South Carolina State. After the match in Orangeburg, Asheville plays Big South Conference matches the rest of the way. The Bulldogs begin a four-game homestand against Campbell on Sept. 25.
Asheville has scored six goals this year from six different players.
Dating back to last season, the Bulldogs have won five of their last nine matches.
Kennedy Garrett leads Asheville in scoring with one goal and two assists.
The Bulldogs are 3-3-0 on the season and that’s the program best record after six games since the 2009 team also went 3-3-0.
The is Asheville’s first match in the state of Alabama since the 2005 team played at Birmingham-Southern.