Asheville, N.C. – A pair of goals in the first half spelled the difference as the USC Upstate women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, 2-0, at UNC Asheville Thursday evening.
Upstate fell to 1-1-1 on the season with the loss. The Spartans will play host to Coastal Carolina Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at County University Soccer Stadium. UNC Asheville remained perfect on the year with the win, improving to 2-0-0.
After playing a little more than 34 minutes without anyone cracking the scoreboard, UNC Asheville netted a pair of goals within 1:36 of each other and opened a 2-0 lead at halftime. Amanda Knapp got position in the box and was played a ball from the side. She tapped the ball in off the cross to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute. Amanda Dailor and Kelsey Palmer assisted on the goal.
Less than two minutes later Kaitlyn Eckert put a shot away against the Upstate defense and starting goalkeeper Ellen Bright in the 37th minute. Eve Kirkendall assisted on the play.
UNCA held a 6-4 lead in shots in the first half. Despite getting four shots off in the first 45 minutes, only one of Upstate's shots was on goal. Four of the Bulldogs' shots were on frame.
Upstate came out in the second half and dictated the pace of play, putting pressure on UNCA's defense. The Spartans took five shots in the first 22 minutes of the second half. However, the Spartans could not crack the scoreboard as Heather Muller made three saves and the Bulldog defense blocked another. After the initial second half flurry, Upstate managed just two shots the rest of the way.
Upstate finished the game with an 11-8 advantage in shots. Both teams put five shots on goal in the match.