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Men's Soccer Downs PC 4-2; Will be 8th Seed for BSC Tournament
Courtesy: UNCABulldogs.com
Release: 11/05/2011
Jake Hagedorn scored twice for Asheville on Saturday vs. PC
Courtesy: UNC Asheville
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Jake Hagedorn scored twice, while Bryan George added two assists as UNC Asheville defeated Presbyterian College 4-2 in the final Big South Conference match of the regular season Saturday afternoon at Greenwood Field. The win allowed the Bulldogs to qualify for the Big South Conference Tournament next week at Gardner-Webb.

Asheville (4-11-3, 3-5-1) snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory. The Blue Hose ended its season with a 3-14-0 record and 3-6-0 mark in league play.

"We ended the season on a good note with this win," stated Bulldog coach Matt Kern. "I thought we really executed on offense and had a lot of energy in the match from start to finish. It was nice to see our seniors play so well in their final game at Greenwood Field."

Kern is looking forward to the upcoming league tournament. The Bulldogs will be the eighth-seed in the tourney and face national power and regular season champion Coastal Carolina Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

"Coastal Carolina will be a tremendous challenge," declared Kern. "However, we look forward to playing them. Our guys battled them pretty hard last month (a 3-0 defeat) at our place. Anything can happen in a tournament setting."

Senior forward Bryan Bartels got the Bulldogs going in the 13th minute. He stole the ball away from a PC defender, marched in on goal and scored from 10 yards out a shot that went into the far right corner of the net for a 1-0 Asheville lead at 13:46.

Asheville increased the lead to 2-0 less than two minutes later. On a corner kick, Bartels sent the ball into the goal area. George bumped the ball to Hagedorn who connected from seven yards away for his seventh goal of the season at 15:36.

The rest of the half belonged to Presbyterian College. The Blue Hose controlled the match and fired five shots at Asheville goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen. He made two saves to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.

Hagedorn struck early again in the second half. He took pass from Kenneth Lingerfelt and tallied his eighth goal for a 3-0 Asheville lead at 46:02.

PC got on the scoreboard when Ignacio Monchetti stole the ball away from Hurskainen and sent a pass to Byron Quinatoa who scored from five yards away to cut the lead to 3-1. The goal came at 63:07.

Asheville regained its three-goal lead when George sent a pass to senior Branden Lassen. Lassen scored on a 10-yard blast to push the lead to 4-1 at 73:24.

The Blue Hose scored again at 78:10 off a corner kick. Josh Carter sent the kick into the box that Tommy Erwood headed into the back of the net to cut the lead to 4-2.

PC had some chances in the final 10 minutes but could not draw any close.

The shots were even at 14-14. The Blue Hose had 10 corner kicks to four for Asheville.

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