ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's soccer team is back in action Saturday at Noon when the Bulldogs host Big South foe Winthrop at Greenwood Field.


Asheville (1-8-0, 0-2-0 BSC) looks to snap an eight-game losing streak on Saturday. The Bulldogs fell at Mercer Wednesday night in non-conference action, 4-0.


The Eagles (4-4-0, 0-0-0 BSC) open up Big South Conference play against Asheville. Winthrop has won two straight matches after knocking off ETSU 3-2 and USC Upstate 2-1.


"The group is looking to forward to being at home vs. Winthrop on Saturday," stated Bulldog coach Matt Kern. "They are coming off two good results against ETSU and USC Upstate and are playing with a lot of confidence.


"We are hoping to be a bit more secure in the back, while trying to generate more chances in the final third," added Kern.


Asheville is looking for its third straight win over the Eagle program for the first time ever. The Bulldogs posted a 1-0 victory at Greenwood Field two years ago and then slipped past Winthrop in Rock Hill last season, 2-0.


Kern's club is looking to score a few more goals on Saturday. Asheville has been shut out in seven of its last eight matches. Patrick Phillip leads the Bulldogs in scoring with two goals. Four different players have scored a goal for the Blue & White. Freshman Trey Hemphill  has a goal and an assist.


After Saturday's match, Asheville will have only three home matches remaining. The Bulldogs play their next two games away from home as they'll play at Presbyterian College Wednesday night and travel to Coastal Carolina (Oct. 6) next Saturday evening.


Asheville's next home match is with league rival Gardner-Webb on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.