ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Winthrop scored three goals in the first 11 minutes of the match and then added another right before halftime as the Eagles went on to defeat UNC Asheville 4-0 in Big South Conference women's soccer action at Greenwood Field Friday afternoon.
Tiana Tallant scored her first two goals of the year in the first-half for Winthrop (4-8-2, 4-1-1 BSC) as the Eagles won their third straight match. Courtney Durbin had a goal and an assist for the visitors.
The short-handed Bulldogs, with only two subs on the day, was able to shut Winthrop out in the second half. Asheville fell to 1-13-0 on the year and 0-6-0 in the Big South Conference. Junior midfielder Leiliani Halkiotis fired two of the Bulldogs five shots on the day.
Durbin opened the scoring at 4:48 when she poked in a rebound to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Kylene Babauta took a shot that was saved by Asheville goalkeeper Megan Dent. The ball rolled right to Durbin who scored her fifth goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, Rachel Webster sent a perfect pass to Allie Vandewater who tucked the ball in from seven yards out for a 2-0 Winthrop lead at 6:06.
At the 11:40 mark, Tallant scored her first goal of the season on a breakaway for a 3-0 Eagle advantage.
It stayed that way for awhile as the Bulldogs re-grouped and forced some action. Halkiotis had a shot just go high above the Winthrop goal in the 30th minute.
Tallant struck again off a feed from Durbin a 37:23 to push the Eagle lead to 4-0.
In the second half, Winthrop out-shot the Bulldogs 6-2 but back-up Asheville goalkeeper Kristen Lawson made some nice saves to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.
The Eagles had a 15-5 advantage in shots, while Asheville held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Winthrop goalkeepers Kelsy Weavil and Sarah Schippers combined for four saves to earn the shutout.
Asheville plays its final home match on Sunday when the Bulldogs welcome Gardner-Webb to Greenwood Field for a 2 p.m. Winthrop plays at Presbyterian on Sunday, starting at 2 p.m.