ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s soccer team looks to go 2-0 in Big South Conference play for the first time since the 1998 season when the Bulldogs host Presbyterian College at Greenwood Field on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Fans will be able to follow the match via live-stats under the multi-media tag at uncabulldogs.com.
Asheville (5-4-0, 1-0-0 BSC) is coming off an impressive 1-0 league victory over Campbell Thursday afternoon at Greenwood Field. Amanda Knapp scored the game-winner early in the second half and a stubborn Bulldog defense made that goal stand up. Junior goalkeeper Heather Muller made eight saves for the Blue & White.
The Bulldogs will have their hands full with a much-improved Blue Hose (3-4-0, 0-1-0 BSC) squad. PC took two-time defending BSC champion Radford to double overtime on Wednesday before falling 1-0 on the road.
The teams met in the final game of the 2012 season in Clinton with the Bulldogs behind three goals from Kaitlyn Eckert recording a 6-3 victory.
Asheville won its first league match of the year on Thursday for the first time since the 2006 season on Thursday. The victory also marked the first time the Bulldogs had defeated Campbell in Big South Conference play in five tries.
Kennedy Garrett continues to lead Asheville in scoring with two goals, two assists and six points. Shenny Lenhart, Knapp and Garrett are tied for the team lead in goals with two each.
Junior goalkeeper Heather Muller has 51 saves on the season and a 1.01 goals-against average. Her 51 saves has her third in the Big South.
PC is led by forward Tori Lopez with three goals and six points. Midfielder Sara Simpson had added two goals, two assists for six points.
Saturday’s game is the second for the Bulldogs of a four-game homestand, all against league opponents. Asheville hosts Liberty Wednesday (Oct. 2) and Charleston Southern (Oct. 5) next Saturday.
Heather Muller needs just two saves on Saturday to become the school’s all-time leader in that category. Heather has 296 career saves and is just one behind former Bulldog great Jill Young (297). Jill is a member of not only UNC Asheville’s Athletics Hall of Fame but the Big South Hall of Fame, as well. Young posted her saves from 1993-96.
The Bulldogs defense has been stingy this year allowing just nine goals in nine matches.
Asheville is unbeaten at home with a 4-0-0 record. The Bulldogs have posted three straight shutouts at Greenwood Field. Dating back to last season, Asheville has won five straight matches at home.
Senior forward Amanda Knapp has 17 career goals placing her seventh all-time in that category at Asheville.
The Bulldogs have won five matches this year and that’s as many as they won all of last season. When Asheville gets to six victories, it will be the most wins by the Bulldog program since the 2006 team won 10 matches en route to a Big South Conference championship.
Asheville is 3-1-0 all-time against the Blue Hose. The Bulldogs are 2-0 vs. PC at Greenwood Field.