ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's soccer team is back on the road Sunday afternoon when the Bulldogs travel to UNC Greensboro for a match with the powerful Spartans at UNCG Soccer Stadium starting at 2 p.m.
Asheville has been off since last weekend. The Bulldogs played well in both of their matches but fell 2-1 in each of them. They lost at Eastern Kentucky, 2-1 last Friday night and then dropped a 2-1 double-overtime loss at home to ETSU last Sunday.
Asheville faces a formidable foe in UNC Greensboro. The Spartans are 1-1 on the season after losing at Georgia in double overtime and winning at Wake Forest on Friday night.
"I am looking forward to the game Sunday. UNCG will be a great test for us," stated Asheville coach Michelle Demko. "They are a solid program that will stretch us for 90 minutes. These are games we want to be in as a program so we can continue to compete and push ourselves in a direction of growth on the field.
"We will need to possess the ball while maintaining a high speed of play and establish a good rhythm early," added Demko. "Training was sharp this week. We worked on a few tactical things from last weekend and the players are ready to go. This is a great opportunity for our program, and I am excited to watch us play together. We are looking good."
The Bulldogs are at USC Upstate on Aug. 30 before returning home on Sept. 2 to entertain Albany at Greenwood Field starting at Noon.
- 1. This will be the first meeting between UNC Greensboro and UNC Asheville since the 1996 Big South Conference championship game in Greensboro. The Spartans would win in the title on Penalty Kicks. Asheville upset UNCG in 1995 in the title game, 1-0.
- 2. The Bulldogs won just one road game in 2011.
- 3. Asheville has a 40-38 advantage in shots over its opponents in the first two matches.
- 4. The Bulldogs will be without senior midfielder Ferriss Roberts on Sunday with an injury. She has not played this season but is expected to play later in the year. Roberts scored five goals for Asheville in 2011.