ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Amanda Knapp scored the game’s only goal early in the second half as UNC Asheville opened Big South Conference play with a 1-0 victory over Campbell Thursday afternoon at Greenwood Field.


The win gave the Bulldogs (5-4-0, 1-0-0) their first win ever against the Camels in Big South Conference play in five tries. Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller earned her third shutout of the season by making eight saves.


Thursday’s game was originally supposed to be played on Wednesday but was rescheduled due to heavy rains in the Asheville area.


"This was a great win today and is an incredible start to conference play," stated Bulldog coach Michelle Demko.  "The players had a good grasp on the game plan and did well to execute it for 90 minutes.  Our ball movement was at a very high level today.  We made great decisions off the ball, because we were committed to our runs and support angles of play.


"I am really proud of our win," added Demko. "We have so much heart and commitment on this team.  The players deserve this win.  I congratulate them in helping this program move forward." 



Campbell (4-5-0, 0-1-0) out-shot Asheville 18-11 and had four corner kicks to none for the home team. However, the Bulldogs defense was steady and Muller did a solid job in goal to allow the Bulldogs to win their conference opener for the first time since the 2006 season.


The winning goal came at 53:45 in the second half. Katie Coffelt made a nice run down the right sideline and sent a pass into the goal area that Knapp collected. The senior collected the ball and her first shot hit the cross bar but bounced right back to her. Knapp took the rebound and tucked it into the back of the net for a 1-0 Bulldog lead.


Campbell tried hard for the equalizer but Muller was able to make some big saves. With 10 minutes left, Kellsey Costello-Mays got loose in front of the Bulldog goal but her shot was smothered by Muller.


In the first half, the Camels held a 9-5 advantage in shots as Muller made five saves in the opening period.


Campbell goalkeeper Samantha Lawson made five saves for the match, including four in the second half. Costello-Mays led the Camel offense with six shots, four on target.


UNC Asheville stays at home and will face Presbyterian College in Big South Conference action Saturday at 1 p.m. Campbell travels to Liberty for a 1 p.m. start in league play.