ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s soccer team plays its final exhibition game Saturday night at Carolina Day Soccer Complex on 2351 Sweeten Creek Road when the Bulldogs take on ACC foe Clemson starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
This is the third exhibition tilt for Matt Kern’s club, all have been against high-caliber competition. Asheville lost to App State, 2-1 last Friday and then were beaten by #23 Charlotte, 7-0 Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers are another excellent opponent for the Bulldogs. Clemson went 11-7-3 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. They defeated UAB at home last week in an exhibition contest.
Kern believes the Tigers will help prepare the Blue & White for the 2014 season.
“We are excited about the chance to play Clemson in our final pre-season match,” stated Kern. “They will be similar to Charlotte in size and athleticism so we know it will be a difficult challenge.
"Our hope is to improve our collective defending, communication, and confidence on the ball from our first two pre-season matches,” added Kern.
The Bulldogs have played all three of their exhibition matches at Carolina Day. Kern is appreciative of the staff at CDS.
“We are very thankful to Carolina Day, Athletic Director Steve Henry, Boys Soccer Coach Pat Fidelio and other staff members for their cooperation in hosting our match with Clemson and the other two matches,” declared Kern.
This will the first meeting between the teams since the 2007 regular season when Asheville stunned the Tigers in overtime, 2-1 at Greenwood Field.
The Bulldogs start the regular season a week from today (Aug. 29) when they host USC Upstate at Greenwood Field starting at 5:30 p.m.