SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With time winding down in regulation, Quentin Reynolds headed in a rebounded shot off the crossbar to lift UNC Asheville to a 2-1 victory over USC Upstate in non-conference men's soccer action Tuesday night at County University Soccer Stadium.
The Bulldogs improve to 2-2-0 on the season while Upstate falls to 0-3-0 on the year with the loss.
Asheville cracked the scoreboard in the 33rd minute to take a 1-0 lead. Upstate committed a foul 22 yards out and Kenneth Lingerfelt took the free kick. He bent the shot over the right side of the Spartan wall and into the net just inside the post for the early lead.
“I’m really proud to pick up a difficult win on the road against a very good USC Upstate team,” said Asheville head coach Matt Kern. “Kenneth Lingerfelt scored a great free kick, and I’m really happy for Quentin (Reynolds) for his first collegiate goal to be a game winner.”
Upstate finished the half with a 7-5 lead in shots. Bulldog keeper Jackson led Asheville with three saves, while Spartan keeper Dani Alvarado made one.
After playing a large portion of the second half without either team having any real opportunity to score, Upstate finally broke through in the 75th minute on a great effort from Dave Musambi. Marvin Schmiege sent a long pass to Musambi who took the ball down the right side of the box. He battled through two defenders without losing possession and blasted a left-footed shot through Jackson and into the back of the net for the equalizer.
“We were very good in possession in the first half, and the second half Upstate made things very difficult for us,” added Kern.
With time winding down in regulation, the Bulldogs scored the match winner on a flurry in front of the net. Paul Egle's header off a corner kick was saved by Alvarado, who was able to just get a touch on it and send it against the crossbar. However, the ball bounced off and Reynolds was there to put the header away for the go-ahead goal with 1:16 remaining in the match. Upstate could not put anything together the rest of the half as the Bulldogs held on for the win.
Upstate outshot the Bulldogs 17-to-8 in the match, but only six Spartan shots were on goal. Jackson came up with five saves to lead the Asheville defensive effort. Alvarado totaled three saves on the night at five of the Bulldogs' shots were on frame.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday evening, when they travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to take on North Florida in a non-conference match. Game time is set for 6 p.m.