ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s soccer team celebrates Senior Day on Saturday when the Bulldogs host Big South Conference leader and sixth-ranked Coastal Carolina at Greenwood Field starting at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Prior to the match, the school will honor its five seniors playing at Greenwood Field for the last time. The five seniors are Bobby Castro, Mick Giordano, Kenneth Lingerfelt, Hans Lohmeyer and Rob May.
Asheville (4-12-0, 1-6-0 BSC) looks to snap a frustrating five-game losing streak. Four of those losses have been by one goal and two decided in the second overtime. The Bulldogs lost at home on Wednesday to Northern Kentucky, 2-1 as the Norse was awarded a penalty kick on a foul called near the box with 3:00 remaining in the second overtime period.
The Chanticleers will be the highest-ranked team to ever journey to Greenwood Field. Coastal Carolina is 12-3 overall and a perfect 7-0 in league play. CCU owns impressive non-conference wins over Wake Forest, UNC Greensboro, VCU and College of Charleston. They had an 11-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday with a 2-1 loss at Elon.
“The guys are looking forward to the challenge of playing the sixth=ranked team in the country,” stated Bulldog coach Matt Kern. “Coastal Carolina is very talented and well coached, and we look forward to the huge test. It will be a special day as we honor our five seniors prior to the match.”
Asheville is being led in scoring this season by senior forward Bobby Castro with three goals and seven points. Emil Gonsalvez is next with three goals. All three of the sophomore’s goals this year have been game-winners.
The Bulldogs look for their first win over the Chanticleers in nine years. Asheville slipped past CCU in Conway, 1-0 in the 2004 season. The Chants have won their last four times at Greenwood Field but three of those matches have been one-goal affairs with two in overtime.
Kern’s club finishes the regular season on the road next week as the Bulldogs travel to league foes Winthrop (Nov. 6) and Radford (Nov, 9).