ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville got goals from three different players as the Bulldogs defeated Catawba 3-1 in a men’s soccer exhibition match at Greenwood Field Monday afternoon.
The Bulldogs got goals from Bryan George, Zach Odum and Colton Paschall to build a 3-0 lead. The Indians got a PK goal from Andrew Landry midway through the second half for their score.
“It took 20 minutes for us to get going but once we did our lads played some good soccer and were able to get a result,” admitted Asheville coach Steve Cornish. “We still have a great deal of work to do before the season starts but there were positive things that occured this afternoon.”
Paschall sent a pass to George who scored in the 23rd minute to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, freshman Zach Odum tallied in the 55th minute off a double-assist from Weston Brown and David Parra for a 2-0 margin. The Bulldogs final goal came from Paschall off a long cross from Branden Lassen for a 3-0 lead in the 62nd minute.
Asheville was called for a foul in the box one minute later and Catawba was awarded a penalty kick. Landry tucked the ball into the left corner to narrow the lead to 3-1.
The Bulldogs open the season on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at national power UNC Chapel Hill at 4 p.m.