ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's soccer will try to snap a two-game losing streak when the Bulldogs host UNC Greensboro on Sunday at Greenwood Field starting at 2:30 p.m.
Asheville (1-2-0) fell to Appalachian State at home on Thursday, 3-0. The match was scoreless at halftime before ASU scored an early second-half goal and then put the match away with two goals late in the game.
"We've got to get some offense going," stated Bulldog coach Matt Kern. "We're having trouble generating opportunities, and we've got to do better in that area. Our guys battled hard against Appalachian State on Thursday, but we've got another tough match with UNC Greensboro on Sunday."
The Spartans are 0-1-1 on the season and have played both matches away from UNCG Soccer Stadium. They tied UNC Wilmington, 2-2 and lost at ETSU, 3-1.
"UNC Greensboro has a good club and has been a little unlucky in its first two matches," explained Kern. "They're one of the top teams in the Southern Conference every year."
UNC Asheville looks for its first ever win over the Spartans. UNCG, which used to be a member of the Big South Conference, has a 6-0-1 record against the Bulldogs. This is the Spartans first trip to Greenwood Field when UNCG edged the Dogs, 1-0. Asheville out-shot UNCG on the day 11-4 on the day but could not get the ball into the back of the net. The teams last met in the 2008 season in the Elon Invitational with the match ending in a 1-1 tie.
Sunday's match will be a special one for Bulldog assistant coach Joe Burnette. Joe is in his third year as an assistant coach with Asheville. He is a 2009 graduate of UNC Greensboro and is one of the best players to ever play for the Spartans. Burnett, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., helped lead the Spartans to three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and was named the 2008 Southern Conference Tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Spartans won three SoCon Tournament titles during Burnett's tenure (2005, 2006, 2008), along with two regular season titles in 2005 and 2006. UNCG reached the SoCon Tournament final in 2007, but fell to Furman in overtime of the championship game.