ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s soccer team finishes its four-game homestand on Saturday with a match against Big South Conference foe Charleston Southern at Greenwood Field starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Saturday’s match can be seen on the Big South Digital Network for free at uncabulldogs.com under the multimedia tag.
The Bulldogs (5-5-1, 1-1-1 BSC) look for their second Big South Conference win of the season. CSU (3-7-1, 0-3-0 BSC) will try to snap a frustrating four-game losing streak. All four of those losses have been by just one goal.
Fourth-year coach Michelle Demko expects an exciting game on Saturday.
“Saturday should be exciting soccer to watch. We have both been in some very close games this year,” stated Demko. “They are dangerous up-front so we will need to take care of player personnel and be mindful of connecting our passing under pressure to create opportunities of transition.
“We play our best soccer when runs are initiating early, communication is high, and we do the simple things to keep the ball,” added Demko. “Both teams are after a win tomorrow so we will have to hit on all three components to give ourselves an opportunity for success.”
Asheville looks to avenge a 5-2 loss to Charleston Southern last year in Charleston. The Lady Bucs have won five of the last six meetings.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 0-0 tie against Big South leader Liberty on Wednesday. Asheville battled the Lady Flames for 110 minutes before earning a point with the draw. Heather Muller made 12 saves for the Blue & White in recording her fourth shutout of the season. Muller is 14th nationally in saves made with 61.
CSU lost at home to Presbyterian College on Wednesday, 2-1. Toni Lashley leads CSU in scoring with four goals and 11 points.
Asheville is led in scoring by Kennedy Garrett with two goals and six points. Shenny Lenhart and Amanda Knapp have two goals each for the Bulldogs. Both of Lenhart’s goals were game-winners in overtime.
Asheville has posted four shutouts this season and that’s the most for the Bulldog program since the 2009 season.
The Blue & White has a 4-1-1 record at Greenwood Field this season and has only allowed two goals this year at home.
Charleston Southern has won three of its last four trips to Greenwood Field after losing the first six times the Lady Bucs came to Asheville. However, the Bulldogs ended a three-game CSU win streak at Greenwood two years ago with a 5-0 victory.
Asheville allowed 62 goals last season. This year the Bulldogs have allowed just 10 in 11 matches.
Heather Muller now has 313 career saves.
The Bulldogs play just twice at home after Saturday’s match. Asheville finishes the year with road matches in five of its last seven games.