ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Winthrop scored twice late in the first half and then held off a determined UNC Asheville comeback in the second half to record a 3-1 Big South Conference win over the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
Taylor Walton and Devin Puckett scored for the Lady Eagles in the 40th and 43rd minute to give Winthrop the lead for good at 2-0.
The Bulldogs (4-14-0, 2-8-0 BSC) dominated the second half and closed to 2-1 on a goal from Amanda Dailor with 12 minutes remaining. However, Winthrop (9-6-2, 5-2-2) sealed the win with a goal from Lia Gorden with two minutes left.
Asheville out-shot Winthrop 13-7 in the second half and had nine corner kicks to just one for the Eagles for the entire match. Lady Eagle goalkeeper Sarah Schippers started the second half for Winthrop and was forced to make six saves. Ameila Anderson started the match for Winthrop and made two saves.
The first half was pretty even until the Eagles broke through late. Walton scored at 40:21 when she took a feed from Grace Radler and connected from eight yards out to put Winthrop in front at 1-0.
Three minutes later, Devin Puckett collected a rebound and scored from seven yards out to push the Eagle lead to 2-0 at 43:37.
Asheville was the aggressor from the start of the second half and peppered the Winthrop goal. Finally, the Bulldogs got on the board off a corner kick. Kaitlyn Eckert's corner kick floated into the box and Dailor was able to head the ball into the goal to cut the lead to 2-1. It was the eighth straight game Eckert earned a point, one off the school record held by Hilary McKay.
The Bulldogs worked hard for the equalizer but Schippers had some key saves down the stretch.
With Asheville sending everyone forward, Gorden got loose on a breakaway off a pass from Krystna Freda. Gorden's shot deflected off Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller's hand and slipped into the back of the net for a 3-1 lead with two minutes left.
UNC Asheville finishes the 2012 season on the road Tuesday night when the Bulldogs play at Presbyterian College at 7 p.m.