Saturday's match will be a showdown between two teams having frustrating years. The Bulldogs bring a 3-10-1 worksheet into the Wofford match. The Terriers are 2-9-3 overall. Asheville has dropped five one-goal matches, while the Terriers have fallen four times by one goal. Both teams are much better than their records and are looking for some momentum heading into the final week of the regular season.
"Both teams have had some bad luck this season," stated Asheville coach Matt Kern. "We're playing good soccer but we're just not finishing enough. Wofford was a few minutes away from beating North Carolina before conceding a late goal and then losing in overtime. North Carolina is one of the top teams in the nation. We're both close but we've both been a little unlucky this season."
The match is a special one for Kern. He was the head coach at Wofford from 2002-07. Kern recruited many of the seniors on this year's Terrier team.
"It will be a little strange on Saturday to coach against Wofford," commented Kern. "I really enjoyed my time there and have great memories. Ralph Polson (Wofford's head coach and replacement for Kern) has done a great job coaching at Wofford."
As Kern said earlier, the Bulldogs need to get some more goals. Asheville has scored just two goals in the last four matches. Last Saturday, the Bulldogs lost to VMI 2-1. The Keydets scored a late goal to get the win. It was VMI's only shot in the second half as Asheville out-shot the Keydets, 8-'1.
"We're doing some good things offensively. We're creating chances but the ball needs to get into the back of the net some more," explained Kern. "Our guys need to play 90 minutes of focused soccer. We can't have some lapses that cause the other team to score a goal."
Asheville finishes the regular season on Wednesday at home against Winthrop and then next Saturday at Liberty.
"We want to finish strong," commented Kern. "We have a chance to get some wins this week and build some momentum for the Big South Tournament."