ROCK HILL, S.C. - Goals from Kenneth Lingerfelt and Rob May plus solid goalkeeping from Lassi Hurskainen led UNC Asheville to a 2-0 road victory over Winthrop in Big South Conference men's soccer action Wednesday night at Eagle Field.
The win by the Bulldogs (3-6-3, 2-1-1) was their first against the Eagles at Winthrop since the 1990 season. Asheville is 2-0-1 in its last three BSC matches.
"I.m really happy for our boys to get a win on the road and earn three points in the confernece standings," stated Asheville coach Matt Kern. "Both teams really tried to play and there were several different tempo changes throughout the match."
Coming into tonight's game, the Bulldogs had played four straight overtime matches.
"I'm really glad we finally got a game that didn't go to overtime," added Kern. "The goals by Kenneth Lingerfelt and Rob May were really nice plays."
Lingerfelt got the Bulldogs on the board in the 20th minute. Lingerfelt received a clearance at midfield and then dribbled by two Winthrop defenders and headed toward goal and ripped a shot from 35 yards out before he reached another Eagle defender. The shot whizzed by the shoulder of Winthrop defender Daniel DiBiagio and headed toward the top corner as Eagle goalkeeper Enrique Miranda got a hand on it trying to make the save but the ball bounced into the side netting. It was the sophomore forward's second goal of the season.
Asheville sealed the win with May's goal in the 70th minute. The Bulldogs served a ball into the box to the back post and the ball was cleared on header by a Winthrop defender toward the top of the box. May controlled the clearance and quickly ripped a shot to the lower right corner for his first of the season.
The Eagles out-shot the Bulldogs, 14-13 with Hurskainen earning his third shutout of the season. He made three saves in the match.
Asheville held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks and had all five corners in the second half.
The Bulldogs face a stiff challenge in their next match as they'll welcome nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina on Saturday to Greenwood Field starting at 2:30 p.m.