ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop’s Krystyna Freda scored on a free kick from 19 yards out in the 84th minute to lift the Lady Eagles to a 1-0 over UNC Asheville in women’s soccer action on Wednesday evening at Eagle Field.
The Bulldogs drop to 5-7-1 and 1-3-1 in Big South play with the setback while the Lady Eagles improve to 8-2-1 on the year and 4-1 in league play.
“This was a hard fought game by our team, who played with tremendous passion and emotion for 90 minutes,” said Asheville head coach Michelle Demko. “To give up a goal in the last seven minutes is heartbreaking. We did a lot of things well tonight, and I’m really proud of our fight and relentlessness throughout the match.”
Winthrop outshot the Bulldogs 26-to-7 with Asheville’s goalkeeper Heather Muller recording 11 saves on the night. Muller kept a clean sheet until the 84th minute, when a foul was called on the Asheville defense just outside the 18 to give Freda her scoring opportunity.
With the goal, Freda now ties the Big South record for most game winning goals in a career with 17.
Amanda Dailor recorded three shots in the contest, recording one of the Bulldogs’ two shots on goal. Kristen Lawson posted two shots from her midfield position, but Winthrop keeper Amelia Henderson was able to ward off all of the Bulldogs’ attempts to complete the shutout.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday when they hit the road to take on Big South Conference foe Radford at 7 p.m. The Highlanders have won eight in a row against UNC Asheville, with the Bulldogs last victory at Radford coming during the 2005 season.