FARMVILLE, Va. - Longwood scored four goals in the first 21 minutes of the match to defeat UNC Asheville 4-0 Thursday night in Big South Conference women's soccer action.
The Lancers (6-3-0, 1-0-0 BSC) got two goals and two assists from Kelsey Pardue to win their first ever Big South Conference match. Longwood is in its first year as a member of the Big South.
The Bulldogs fell to 2-7-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in the Big South.
"Tonight was a tale of two teams. We were poor in the first half with regard to our commitment in the attack and defending our 18 yard box," stated Demko. "In the second half, I thought we did a great job of competing, possessing the ball and having consistent build up into the final third. We have yet to make a team really earn a goal on us and that needs to change, especially now that we are in conference play.
"We have shown we can play with teams, but we need to put two halves together to give ourselves a better opportunity for success," added Demko. "I am proud of how we responded in the second half. We kept fighting and revealed a great deal of identity by not stopping. We will regroup and start to focus on Liberty, as we play them Saturday."
Longwood held a slight 10-9 edge in shots. The Bulldogs were led by Kaitlyn Eckert. She had three shots in the match for Asheville. The visitors out-shot the Lancers, 5-2 in the second half. Two different Longwood goalkeepers made a combined six saves for the home team.
The Bulldogs stay on the road Saturday as they'll face Big South Conference foe Liberty in a league match starting at 1 p.m. Asheville returns home Thursday (Sept. 27) to host VMI at Greenwood Field starting at 3 p.m.