ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's soccer team plays its final non-conference game of the regular season Friday afternoon when the Bulldogs host Appalachian State at Greenwood Field starting at 4 p.m.
Live video-streaming of Friday's match can be found at the multimedia tag at www.uncabulldogs.com.
Asheville (2-5-0) is coming off a 4-0 victory over Southern Conference foe Wofford on Sunday afternoon at Greenwood. The Bulldogs got four goals from four different players en route to the victory over a Terrier squad that entered the match with a 4-1-0 record.
Third-year coach Michelle Demko hopes to build on the Wofford win against a dangerous ASU team that is 2-4-0 on the season. The Apps played last weekend and fell at N.C. State, 3-1. The match was tied 1-1 at halftime.
"App State is our last non conference game. We hope to finish this part of our schedule by continuing to maintain our possession and speed of play to help get the result," commented Demko. "Our final third play will be critical tomorrow. We must be committed to getting numbers into the final third so we can become more dangerous in the attack. This past week training has been great. The energy and trust we have invested in each other is at an all time high in our program. I hope that continues to translate onto the field. Tomorrow should be a great match up of two teams wanting to get another win before moving into conference play."
Asheville lost last's season tilt in Boone, 1-0 on a Mountaineer goal in the 71st minute. The series is deadlocked at 8-8-1.
Kaitlyn Eckert leads the Bulldogs in scoring with four goals, three assists and 11 points. She has been credited with the game-winning goal in both of Asheville's wins this season. Freshman Paige Trent has four goals this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Heather Muller has played every minute of every match this season. She has 48 saves on the year.
After Friday's contest, the Bulldogs head to the road next weekend for Big South Conference play. Asheville opens league play at BSC newcomer Longwood on Sept. 20 and then plays at Liberty on Sept. 22.
- 1. UNC Asheville's 2-5-0 record is its best after seven matches since the 2009 season.
- 2. Heather Muller's 168 career saves places her fifth all-time at Asheville in that category.
- 3. The Bulldogs have out-shot five of their seven opponents this season.
- 4. In Asheville's two wins, it has out-scored its opponents, 9-1.
- 5. Amanda Knapp and Kaitlyn Eckert each recorded their 10th career goal on Sunday. They are the 13th and 14th players to score at least 10 goals in their careers at Asheville.