ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Lawrence Talery scored on a penalty kick in the second half as Wisconsin-Green Bay edged UNC Asheville 2-1 in men’s soccer action at Greenwood Field Tuesday afternoon.
The loss was the Bulldogs (3-6-0) third straight and all by one goal. Bobby Castro scored his first goal of the season in the first half for Asheville.
The Phoenix from the Horizon Conference with a win over DePaul and a tie against #12 Marquette this year, improved its worksheet to 5-2-2. It was the first meeting ever between the teams.
With the match tied at 1-1 midway through the second half, the Bulldogs were called for a foul on the edge of the box and a PK was awarded.
Talery calmly booted the ball into the left corner of the goal to give the Phoenix a 2-1 lead.
Asheville controlled the final 20 minutes of the contest and fired four of the final five shots of the match but just couldn’t get the equalizer. Asheville had eight corner kicks in the second half, five in the final 10 minutes.
Asheville goalkeeper Dan Jackson did a nice job for the Bulldogs with nine saves. Green Bay out-shot the Dogs, 21-9 for the match.
The visitors got on the scoreboard first when Talery sent a nice pass to Sam Krenzien who scored on a breakaway at 17:56 for a 1-0 Green Bay lead.
The lead didn’t last long. Asheville countered when Andrew Sotak hit Castro on a beautiful pass in front of the goal. Castro wasted no time scoring on a blast from six yards out to knot the match at 1-1. Castro’s goal came at the 25:00 mark.
UNC Asheville gets back into Big South Conference play this Saturday afternoon when the Bulldogs travel to Longwood for a match that is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.