ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville got goals from four different players as the Bulldogs earned a hard-fought 4-2 Big South Conference victory over VMI in women's soccer action Thursday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
Asheville (3-8-0, 1-2-0 BSC) broke a 2-2 tie late in the match with two quick goals to earn its first conference win of the year. The Keydets (1-8-0, 0-3-0 BSC) got two goals from Courtney Mason.
Mason had tied the match at 2-2 with a goal at 80:25 as she scored off a pass from Liz Affronti.
But the Bulldogs quickly rallied. Kennedy Garrett scored her first career goal 23 seconds after Mason's goal that gave Asheville the lead for good at 3-2. The freshman forward took a pass from Amanda Dailor and hit a shot from 20 yards out at 80:48. It was Dailor's second assist of the match.
Asheville sealed the win less than four minutes later when Melanie Cusi scored her first career goal off a feed from Kaitlyn Eckert to push the lead to 4-2.
"What a great win today. I am happy for the players, and our program, to come away with a victory," stated Asheville coach Michelle Demko. "It was nice to see multiple players contribute to our goal scoring today. I thought we kept the ball well and our backs were dangerous initiating our attacks. Everyone worked hard for this win, and I am happy to celebrate this victory with our team."
The Bulldogs jumped in front in the first minute of the game. Amanda Knapp tallied her third goal off the season on a nice pass from Kelsey Palmer at 1:09.
But VMI tied the match in less than three minutes. Mason scored her first goal of the season by knocking in a loose ball in the box at 4:05 to knot the match at 1-1.
It stayed that way the rest of the half as each squad generated some good chances. Asheville took charge of the match in the final 10 minutes and fired the final five shots for a 9-3 advantage in shots.
The Bulldogs finally took the lead at 61:41 when Dailor sent a great pass into the goal area where freshman midfielder Shenny Lenhart scored her fourth goal of the season to give Asheville a 2-1 lead.
The home team had an 18-9 edge in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
UNC Asheville hosts defending Big South Conference champion Radford at Greenwood Field Saturday at 2:30 p.m. VMI heads to Presbyterian on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match.