ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville scored once in each half as the Bulldogs picked up their first Big South Conference win of the season by defeating Presbyterian College 2-0 at Greenwood Field Wednesday afternoon.  


The win ended Asheville’s (4-7-0, 1-2-0 BSC) four-game losing streak, while the Blue Hose fell to 3-7-0 on the year and 1-2-0 in league play.


The Bulldogs got a goal from Emil Gonsalvez in the first half, and Bobby Castro in the second half to record the league win.

"I'm very happy for our guys to get the result against PC today," stated Bulldog coach Matt Kern. "I was very pleased with our first half performance and thought we kept possession well, defended as a group, and created several chances.  The goal from Emil was well deserved.
"The second half PC did a good job of making the game harder for us, and our decision making in the middle and final thirds was a little impatient," added Kern. "We will rest and recover and get ready for a very talented High Point team on Saturday."


Asheville dominated the first half with a 12-4 advantage in shots. The Bulldogs missed a penalty kick 15 minutes into the match as PC goalkeeper Tyler Beadle stopped Mick Giordano’s attempt.


Gonsalvez got the home team on the board in the 26th minute. Stabler Cochrane sent a nice pass to Gonsalvez. The sophomore midfielder broke in all along on Beadle and pushed the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the year at 26:47.


Asheville led 1-0 at intermission and scored in the 53rd minute to build a 2-0 lead.


PC took the first three shots of the half before the Bulldogs scored. Castro picked up his team-leading third goal of the season when he scored on a breakaway off a feed from Rob May. Giordano was also credited with an assist on the play.


The Blue Hose outshot the Bulldogs 12-5 in the second half, but Jackson made three saves to keep the visitors off the scoreboard. Asheville did a good job on defense blocking shots.


UNC Asheville is back at home on Saturday afternoon when the Bulldogs host High Point starting at 1 p.m. Presbyterian College  hosts Gardner-Webb next Tuesday (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m.