Asheville (3-8-1, 1-3-0 BSC) faces a tough task on Saturday vs. the Panthers. High Point is 9-2-1 on the year and a perfect 4-0-0 in league play. The Panthers downed Radford Wednesday night, 2-1. They won the match despite playing most of the game with just 10 players.
"I knew from the start of the year that High Point would be very good, and they've proven it so far this season," explained Bulldog coach Matt Kern. "High Point is really fast, and they know how to win. I was really impressed with their win against Radford on Wednesday. For High Point to be down, 1-0 and then down a man, and still come back win is quite impressive."
The Bulldogs battled hard at Coastal Carolina Wednesday but lost in double overtime, 1-0. It was a match Asheville got stronger as the game went on before a golden goal by the Chanticleers denied them a victory.
"We really played hard and did a super job battling at Coastal Carolina," stated Kern. "We came close a few times to scoring late in the match and in the first overtime period. Our guys have just got to keep competing and getting better."
Asheville is being led in scoring by junior midfielder Connor Holzinger with one goal, five assists for seven points. His five assists are second in the Big South Conference. Junior midfielders' Colton Paschall and Jake Hagedorn lead the Bulldogs in goals scored with three each. Junior goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen has played every minute of every match this season and has posted a 1.59 goals against average with two shutouts.
Four of Asheville's last six matches have gone to overtime with the Bulldogs going 1-2-1 in those games...Bryan Bartels has two goals on the year and both were game-winners vs. Eastern Illinois (9-3) and Brevard (9-8)...Asheville lost at home to High Point last season, 2-1 but tied the Panthers here two years ago, 1-1...the Bulldogs have played just three home matches this season...both of Asheville's overtime losses have come in the second overtime period...Colton Paschall has scored the Bulldogs last three goals with two vs. Presbyterian (10-5) and one vs. Radford (10-9).