Asheville, N.C. – The Presbyterian College Blue Hose (5-8-3, 3-3-2) tied the UNC Asheville Bulldogs (2-15-1, 1-6-1) by a 2-2 score on Wednesday night. With the regular season completed the Blue Hose turn their attention to Campbell who they will face on Sunday in the Big South Tournament Quarterfinals.
How it happened:
The Bulldogs of UNC Asheville came out as the aggressor with six corner kicks in the first 20 minutes of game time. They finally had one of those corner kick opportunities work and went up 1-0 at the 18:46 mark.
The Blue Hose would settle down following the Bulldog goal and gain control of the ball. They put a few shots on the board but were unable to score any of them. In the final 45 seconds of the half the Blue Hose took their second corner kick and got off three shots, two of which were blocked by Bulldog defenders and one save.
The second half started off the way the last 30 minutes of the first half went, back and forth with good defense. The Blue Hose were able to get on the board when Clement Vannier scored his team high fifth goal of the season behind the assist from Garrett Glaze, his second of the season at the 69:23 mark.
UNC Asheville did not take long to get back on the board as just under 10 minutes later they were able to go up 2-1 with a goal off the Bulldogs corner kick. PC did not let that deter them as six minutes later at the 85:44 mark Andrew Miller-Bell would collect a loose ball and as he slid to the ground get enough of his foot on the ball to sneak it past the Bulldog goal keeper. He collected the loose ball following a pass from Mathias Mikalsen who was credited with the assist.
Both teams had multiple opportunities to win it in overtime but both goal keepers and back line defensive players came up with timely blocks and saves to preserve the 2-2 tie.
“We did not start well enough tonight and had to make some adjustments,” said coach Jonathan Potter. “We did that and responded well in the second half. We are disappointed to not fight through and get the win on the road. Now we turn our attention and preparation to the conference tournament game at Campbell at 7 p.m. on Sunday.”
“Campbell is a well-coached, tough team and we will have to be at our best to keep our season moving forward.”
Player of the Game:
The freshmen class as both Blue Hose goals were scored by freshmen, Vannier (5) and Miller-Bell (3). Mikalsen also recorded his first career assist on the night. The freshmen class also combined to take 17 of the 24 Blue Hose shots in the game.
- The Blue Hose took a season high 24 shots in the game and a season high 11 shots on goal.
- The two teams combined for 47 shots as UNC Asheville also took 23. The previous high had been 31 on two separate occasions.
- Vannier scored his team leading fifth goal of the season, the most by a freshman in the Division I era for PC breaking the previous most by a freshman of Sergio Pinto’s four last season.
- Vannier took a season high seven shots with three on goal. The seven shots are the most shots any individual player has taken in a game this season.
- Freshmen have now scored 14 of the Blue Hose 21 goals this season and recorded 10 of the 17 assists.
- The Blue Hose as a team are now one goal off the most goals scored in the Division I era of PC soccer.
The Blue Hose get to travel to Campbell to face the Camels at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 5. The Blue Hose defeated Campbell at home 5-0 on October 21.