College Sports

Lady Eagles top UNCA for first time ever

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Defender Caly Cassady scored her first career goal and the Winthrop women's soccer team defeated UNC Asheville 1-0 for its first-ever win over the Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday.

"We played well enough to win and I think our backs and keeper did phenomenal," said Winthrop coach Melissa Heinz. "Caly is our player of the game today as she scored and did well in the back. We are glad to get a win and the girls are thrilled to finally beat Asheville."

The Lady Eagles improved to 4-4-4 overall and 3-0 in conference action with Wednesday's result, while UNC Asheville dropped to 2-10 on the year and 0-3 in the Big South. Winthrop now holds a three-game winning streak and has not lost in five games.

UNC Asheville outshot the Lady Eagles 13-6, but goalkeeper Dimitra Poulos, who picked up her fifth shutout of the season, secured the Winthrop victory as she posted seven saves

Winthrop got the game-winning goal in the 19th minute of the second half as Cassady found the back of the net on a well-placed free kick from the right side.

The Lady Eagles return to Eagles Field as they host Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. on Saturday for a Big South showdown, as the winner will take over the top of the standings.