ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville scored right before halftime and early in the second half as the Bulldogs held on for a 2-1 non-conference victory over Eastern Kentucky Friday afternoon in the opening match of the season.
The win by Asheville (1-0-0) was its first opening day victory since the 2007 season and gave the Bulldogs their first ever victory over the Colonels (0-1-0) in three tries.
The Blue & White got goals from Amanda Dailor and Paige Trent to take a 2-0 lead. EKU cut the lead on a goal from Lauren Fent with less than eight minutes left.
Junior goalkeeper Heather Muller of Asheville picked up the win with five saves.
Both teams exchanged chances in the opening half before the Bulldogs struck late in the opening half. Junior Amanda Dailor connected on a blast from 30 yards out that just eluded EKU goalkeeper Erika Wolfer at the 43:21 mark to make it 1-0.
In the second half, Asheville increased the lead to 2-0 with its only two shots of the half. Kennedy Garrett hit a shot from 20 yards out that was stopped by Wolfer. The rebound went right to Trent who snuck the ball into the back of the net for a two-goal lead.
EKU controlled the rest of the match. Muller made two saves and kept the Colonels off the scoreboard. The visitors finally broke through when Taylor Perkins sent a pass to Fant who scored on a breakaway at the 82:09 mark.
The Bulldogs settled down after the EKU goal and allowed the Colonels one more shot the rest of the contest.
Asheville will stay at home when the Bulldogs host USC Upstate on Thursday (Aug. 29) afternoon starting at 5 p.m.