ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's soccer teams leaves Asheville for the first time this season when the Bulldogs head to Radford to take part in the Radford Invitational. Matt Kern's club faces unbeaten Marshall on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and battles Marist Sunday at 1 p.m.
Asheville (1-4-0) hopes to break a four-game losing streak on Friday. The Bulldogs take on a Thundering Herd club that is unbeaten on the season at 4-0-1. Marshall is the only team in the nation that has not allowed a goal this season. Marist is 2-3-0 on the year. The Red Foxes play Radford on Friday evening.
Kern's club is coming off a frustrating 1-0 home loss to Longwood on Sunday. The Bulldogs controlled much of the match but could not get the ball into the back of the net.
"We are looking forward to testing ourselves against a great Conference USA opponent in Marshall on Friday at Radford," commented Kern. "Marshall is unbeaten and hadn't conceded a goal this season. We have been working on creating and finishing our chances and hope to score some goals this weekend. It would be a huge confidence builder to put a couple past Marshall."
Asheville has not scored a goal since an opening-day 5-0 triumph at Brevard. The Bulldogs have been shutout in four straight games. Two of those losses were by just 1-0 scores.
The Blue & White have not faced Marshall since the 1995 season when the Thundering Herd edged Asheville at Greenwood, 4-3 in overtime. The match was tied 2-2 after regulation before Marshall scored twice in the second overtime period to lead 4-2. The Bulldogs got a goal with 30 seconds left to cut the lead to 4-3 and early tied it as the buzzer sounds as a shot into a wide-open goal went wide. Marshall leads the all-time series 3-1-0.
Asheville's match with Marist will be the first ever meeting between the teams.
- 1. UNC Asheville is 1-5-0 in its last three in-season tournament. Four of those losses were by one goal.
- 2. The Bulldogs have not played a true road game this year and won't until next Saturday (Sept. 22) vs. High Point.
- 3. Asheville won in its last trip to Radford as the Bulldogs downed the Highlanders, 1-0 at Cupp Stadium in 2011.
- 4. Sophomore goalkeeper Dan Jackson has made 24 saves this season and played 441 minutes out of 450 minutes.