Campbell edges UNC Asheville 2-1
BUIES CREEK – Pirjo Leppikangas (Helsinki, Finland) recorded her third consecutive game-winning goal and Ashley Clark (Cary, N.C.) scored a goal and tallied an assist as the Camels (9-3, 3-0 BSC) edged UNC Asheville 2-1 Thursday night at the Eakes Athletic Complex.
CU got on the board early when Kirsty Meyer (Fredericksburg, Va.) played a through ball ahead to Clark, resulting in a fast break opportunity. Clark converted the scoring opportunity for her eighth goal of the season
UNC Asheville (3-10, 2-2 BSC) struck back in the 24th minute as Kaitlyn Eckert notched her team-leading fifth goal of the season, firing a shot from well outside the box that found its way over Camel keeper Ryann Torrero's (Burbank, Calif.) hands. Eckert finished with four of the Bulldogs' ten shot attempts.
Having recorded the game-winning goal in each of CU's first two Big South contests, Leppikangas came up big again in the 38th minute, scoring what proved to be the game-winner when Clark sent a ball past the defense that Leppikangas beat a defender to. The senior took on the Bulldog defender one-on-one and converted her seventh goal of the season to send Campbell into halftime with a 2-1 advantage.
After outshooting UNC Asheville by a slim 10-8 margin in the first half, the Camels came out more aggressively in the second period, outshooting the visitors 11-2. CU looked to add to the lead with just over twelve minutes remaining in the match when Leppikangas played a ball inside the center of the box to a slicing Meyer. Meyer's deflecting shot hit the crossbar and bounded out of harm's way, keeping the Campbell lead at one.
The Camel defense would make the one-goal advantage stand up, Campbell's third victory by that margin in the last five matches. CU will travel to Clinton, S.C. to take on Presbyterian on Saturday at 7 p.m. UNC Asheville returns to the pitch next Thursday, hosting Coastal Carolina at 3 p.m.