ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's soccer team returns home Sunday afternoon to take on Albany of the America East Conference starting at Noon.


The Bulldogs (1-3-0) are coming home after picking up their first win of the season Thursday night at USC Upstate. Asheville got a hat trick from Paige Trent as the Bulldogs blasted USC Upstate, 5-1. It was the Bulldogs first non-conference road win since the 2009 season.


"We played really well at USC Upstate," commented third-year coach Michelle Demko. "I thought we did a great job attacking all night and keeping possession. It's nice to get that first win of the year."


Asheville faces a tough task in Albany. The Great Danes are 0-1-1 on the young season pending a match at Western Carolina Friday night. Albany advanced to the America East championship game in 2011.


Asheville travels to Southern Conference foe Furman Thursday night before coming home for two more matches. A week from today (Sept. 9), Asheville hosts Wofford at Noon and then on Sept. 14, the Bulldogs entertain Appalachian State at Greenwood Field starting at 4 p.m.


Bulldog Notes: This is the first time UNC Asheville has ever faced Albany...the Great Danes are in the America East Conference which has a former Big South team in it in UMBC...Paige Trent's hat trick was the first by a Bulldog freshman since the 2005 season when Robyn Busha scored three times against South Carolina State...other freshmen to score three goals for the Bulldogs in their career are Kristi Cummings, Mackenzie Miller and Hillary McKay.