ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s soccer team put on a great Senior Day on Saturday.
The Bulldogs picked up their second conference win of the year by upsetting Big South leader and sixth-ranked Coastal Carolina Saturday afternoon at Greenwood Field, 1-0.
Paul Egle scored on a penalty kick in the 76th minute to give Asheville the lead and a determined Bulldogs’ defense made that goal stand the rest
The Chanticleers (12-4, 7-1-0 BSC) held a 25-4 advantage in shots and 9-1 edge in corner kicks. Asheville’s defense blocked 10 CCU shots. Goalkeeper Zak Davis made three saves in the opening half and Dan Jackson made five saves in the second half to keep the powerful Chanticleer offense off the scoreboard.
CCU’s Ricky Garbanzo and Justin Portillo led the Chanticleer offense with five shots each. The victory for Asheville was its first over Coastal Carolina since the 2004 season.
Prior to the match, the Bulldogs honored their five seniors and all five played pivotal roles in the win. The five seniors are Bobby Castro, Rob May, Mick Giordano, Hans Lohmeyer and Kenneth Lingerfelt. The quintet was in the starting line-up and blocked CCU shots, made great runs and did everything they could to make their final home game memorable.
The winning goal was set up by a great run from Lingerfelt. He dribbled from midfield to the CCU box and was taken down in the box before he was able to get a shot off. A foul was called and the Bulldogs were awarded the PK.
Egle was chosen to take the kick. His blast went into the left corner of the goal for a 1-0 Bulldog lead at 76:17.
The Chanticleers came in waves in the final 13 minutes. Agust Arnarson’s blast was knocked away by Jackson with 10 minutes left. Frederik Frankman was alone in front of the goal with five minutes left but his shot from six yards out was high.
“I am very pleased for the players, and especially the seniors, to defeat the #6 team in the country,” stated Bulldog coach Matt Kern. “Coastal Carolina is a very dangerous team and capable of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
"I thought our goalkeepers’ Zak Davis and Dan Jackson did a great job to combine to get the shutout,” added Kern. “I am very happy for Kenneth Lingerfelt to have drawn the penalty and for Paul Egle to convert it.
“We defended for long stretches, but were able to have a little bit of possession as the game wore on,” Kern also said. “We will rest and recover and prepare for a very talented Winthrop team on Wednesday night.”
UNC Asheville plays at Winthrop Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina hosts Campbell at 6 p.m., also on Wednesday.