ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's soccer team hits the road Thursday night when the Bulldogs play at Furman starting at 7 p.m.


The match will be video-streamed and can be seen at


"I expect our game against Furman to be competitive for 90 minutes," stated Bulldog coach Michelle Demko.  "Both teams like to possess the ball and create opportunities out of the run of play.  It will be important that we attack with numbers, have good options off the ball and be a solid unit defensilvely.  I think it will be an exciting match for 90 minutes."


Asheville (1-4-0) is coming off a frustrating 6-3 home loss to Albany on Sunday. The match was tied 1-1 at halftime before the Great Danes scored five times in the second half to pick up the victory.


The Bulldogs have their work cut out for them against a strong Paladin squad that is ranked ninth in the South Region this week. The Paladins are 3-1-0 on the year, including a 1-0 victory against Clemson.


Asheville will try to end a five-game losing streak to the Paladins that dates back to the 1995 season. The last win by the Bulldogs against Furman came at Greenwood Field in 1995 when Asheville won 5-0. In that game, Kristi Cummings scored five seconds into the match which was an NCAA record for the fastest goal to start a game until North Carolina broke the record a few years ago.


The last meeting between the teams came in the 2010 season at Furman with the Paladins recording a 4-1 victory. Asheville scored first in the match on a goal from Katy Beeler before FU rallied to get the win.


Sophomore forward Kaitlyn Eckert leads Asheville in scoring this year with three goals, two assists for eight points. Freshman forward Paige Trent has three goals for Asheville with six points. Amanda Dailor has two goals.


Sophomore goalkeeper Heather Muller has played every minute of each match this season and has 34 saves.


The Bulldogs return home on Sunday to begin a two-game homestand before they open Big South Conference play. Asheville faces Wofford on Sept. 9 at Noon, followed by a match with Appalachian State on Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.