Asheville (3-8-3, 2-3-1 BSC) lost to Big South leader Coastal Carolina last Saturday, 3-0 and then fell at Gardner-Webb Wednesday night, 1-0. The Camels have been playing some pretty good soccer as of late and picked up a victory over N.C. State last week, 1-0. Campbell (6-6-2, 2-2-0 BSC) makes its first visit to Greenwood Field since the 2005 season. It will be the first time the Camels have been here for a conference match since 1992 when Campbell was formerly in the Big South.
The Bulldogs played well in spots during both matches this week. Asheville allowed a goal against the Chanticleers 30 seconds into the match and then controlled play for much of the way. On Wednesday at Gardner-Webb, the Runnin' Bulldogs scored with 13 minutes left.
"We played good soccer in both matches but we've got to find a way to get a result from here on to the end of the regular season," stated Asheville coach Matt Kern. "Campbell is a very good team with impressive results so far this year. We're going to need to play well for 90 minutes to have a chance to win."
Jake Hagedorn leads Asheville in goals scored with five. Bryan Bartels is right behind him with four goals. Senior goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen has played every minute of every match this season.
UNC Asheville is 1-1-2 at home this season. The game with Campbell is the third of five straight Saturday home games for the Bulldogs. Asheville has played 10 of its 14 games away from home.
Lassi Hurskainen leads the Big South in saves percentage at .814, saves per game (6.57) and saves overall (92).
Six of Asheville's eight losses have been by one goal with two being in overtime.
The Bulldogs have never beaten Campbell at Greenwood Field, going 0-4-0 in those matches. Asheville's last home win came on the lower soccer field in the 1988 season when the Bulldogs stunned the #8-ranked Campbell squad, 1-0. The Camels came into the game unbeaten with wins over Duke and UNC Chapel Hill until a second-half goal from John Heppler gave the Camels their first loss of the season.
Asheville has been shut-out three times this year but has been blanked in two straight games.