ASHEVILLE, N.C. – On the day that seniors Kristen Lawson and Amanda Knapp played in their final game at Greenwood Field, the UNC Asheville women’s soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to Big South Conference foe Longwood on Saturday afternoon.
“This was a tough loss,” said UNC Asheville head coach Michelle Demko. “This was not what we wanted, winding the season down when points are incredibly crucial, but I was very pleased with how we fought until the end after being down by two goals, then three. We kept fighting and trying to build an attack, and that’s part of the identity and culture of the program we’re trying to build here.”
With the victory the Lancers improve to 9-7-2 on the season with a 8-2-0 record in the Big South. Asheville drops to 6-10-2 overall and 2-6-2 in league play.
Longwood struck in the 24th minute as Kelsey McDonald sent in a laser shot from the right wing that went through the outstretched arms of Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller. The Lancers struck again in the 26th minute on a give and go inside the keeper’s box, with Amanda Spencer taking a pass from Kelsey Pardue and putting into the back of the net from 10 yards out.
At the half the Lancers led 2-0.
Gina D’Orazio put the Lancers up 3-0 in the 48th minute when she scored on a cross from Olivia Colella. Colella crossed from the right wing to put the ball on D’Orazio’s foot from just outside the six for the score. Lilly Payne put the finishing touches on the Longwood victory in the 89th minute, scoring on a breakaway from midfield to put the Lancers up 4-0.
The Bulldogs will next be in action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on Big South foe Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m.