ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's soccer team opens Big South Conference play this Sunday when the Bulldogs host league newcomer Longwood at Greenwood Field starting at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday's match will be video-streamed and be seen under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
Asheville (1-3-0, 0-0-0 BSC) looks to snap a three-game losing streak Sunday as the Bulldogs have been shutout in three straight matches. The Lancers (0-3-0, 0-2-0 BSC) are searching for their first win of the season but this will be their third league match of the year.
Matt Kern's club last played on Sunday at home but fell to UNC Greensboro, 5-0.
"Our team is really looking forward to our Big South Conference opener on Sunday against Longwood," declared Kern. "We both will be looking for our first conference win of the year, and it should be a possession based match that will entertain the students, faculty, staff, and community. Longwood is very aggressive defensively and will try to put us under a great deal of pressure.
"Our possession in the last week has been okay, but we will attempt to do a better job of penetrating in the final third and creating more goal-scoring opportunities," added Kern.
Longwood fell to UNC Greensboro, 4-1 on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs may be 1-3-0 but the three losses have been to very good teams. The combined records of USC Upstate, Appalachian State and UNC Greensboro are 6-3-1 entering this weekend's action.
"We've played some very good team so far and even in those losses have had some positive moments," stated Kern. "Hopefully, playing those teams will pay dividends as the season plays out."
Patrick Phillip leads Asheville in scoring with two goals. Sophomore Dan Jackson has done a nice job for the Bulldogs in goal so far this season with 19 saves in four matches.
After Sunday's match, Asheville is away from Greenwood Field for its next four matches. The Bulldogs compete in the Radford Invitational next weekend, followed by matches at High Point (Sept. 22) and Mercer (Sept. 26). The men of Matt Kern return to Greenwood Field for a league match vs. Winthrop on Sept. 29.
- 1. The teams last played in 2010 at Longwood with Asheville scoring a late goal to earn a 1-1 tie.
- 2. This will be Longwood's first appearance at Greenwood Field since the 2008 season when the Bulldogs recorded a wild 3-2 win. All of the goals were scored in the second half with three coming in the final five minutes of the match. Ryan Haupt had the game-winner in the 89th minute for Asheville.
- 3. This is the Bulldogs fifth home match of the season. They'll have just four more after Sunday.