ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Patrick Phillip scored his first two career goals to lead UNC Asheville to a 5-0 season-opening victory over Brevard College Saturday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
It was the most goals scored by a Bulldog team since a 5-0 victory over Wofford in the 2006 season.
"It's nice to get the first win of the season, and I thought we played pretty well today," commented Bulldog coach Matt Kern. "We did a good job with our possession and made a lot of improvement with our defensive transition from last week.
"I also liked the way we finished," added Kern. "When we had opportunities we put the ball into the back of the net."
Asheville also picked up goals from Sam Rossabi, Kenneth Lingerfelt and Hans Lohmeyer. Sophomore goalkeeper Dan Jackson made his collegiate debut a successful one by stopping three shots. He shared the shutout with Zak Davis, who made one save.
The Bulldogs scored on their first shot of the season. Andrew Sotak served a ball into the box and Rossabi headed it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead at the 5:29 mark.
The Tornados controlled play for much of the next 20 minutes as they limited the home team's possession. Brevard fired three shots on goal during that stretch and had two corner kicks.
But the Bulldogs took control of the game with two quick goals from Phillip toward the end of the half. The sophomore forward didn't start the match, entering the game in the 30th minute. It didn't take long for him to make a difference.
He scored his first career goal when he took a shot in the box that was saved by goalkeeper Pauli Jussila. Phillip pounced on the rebound and tucked the ball into the back of the net at 25:45 for a 2-0 lead.
Phillip struck less than two minutes later when he took a pass from Quentin Reynolds and connected from six yards out for a 3-0 lead at 37:00.
Asheville led 3-0 at halftime and added two more goals in the second half. Junior Kenneth Lingerfelt scored on a free kick from 20 yards out at 56:54.
The Bulldogs' final goal came at 75:15 when Brevard was called for a foul in the box, and Asheville was rewarded with a free kick that Hans Lohmeyer tucked the ball into the right side.
Asheville held a 19-8 advantage in shots. The Bulldogs held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks with all five coming in the second half.
Junior Montano fired four shots for Brevard. The Tornados had played the night before at Big South foe Winthrop and lost 4-1.
UNC Asheville will be at home for its next four matches. The Bulldogs entertain USC Upstate at Greenwood Field Monday afternoon at 3 p.m.