ROCK HILL, SC- The Winthrop women’s soccer team, coming off two road conference wins last week, returns home Wednesday night to battle the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville at 6:00 p.m. at Eagle Field. UNC Asheville leads the series 5-7-1, with four of Winthrop’s five wins coming in the last four meetings.
The Lady Eagles are 7-2-1 this year and 3-1 in the Big South, which puts them third in the conference rankings. Last week was a big week for Winthrop in the conference, with two road conference victories against High Point and VMI and forward Krystyna Freda earning Big South Offensive Player of the Week honors. Freda had three goals and two assists bringing her to 12 goals on the year and 42 in her career, which places her fifth in conference history for career goals. Sophomore Taylor Coleman comes in second for most goals for Winthrop this season, scoring her fifth off a corner from Freda against VMI. On defense, senior Megan Pritts helped secure a 2-1 victory last week against High Point when she came sprinting back and cleared the ball off the goal line.
UNC Asheville (5-6-1, 1-2-1 Big South) went 0-1-1 last week falling to Charleston Southern 3-0 but forcing Liberty into double overtime. Kennedy Garrett, Shenny Lehhart, and Amanda Knapp all have two goals for the Lady Bulldogs, with Garrett leading the team with two assists. Goalkeeper Heather Muller has a goals against average of 1.1 while making 69 saves on the season, which placing her in third just behind Charleston Southern and Gardner- Webb. Head coach Michelle Demko is in her 4th season in Asheville and with an overall record of 15-51-2, she is already off to the best start of a season since her inaugural season in 2010.