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Winthrop men's soccer team beaten by UNC Asheville for 1st time since 2004

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Winthrop men's soccer team's winning streak came to an end at seven games after suffering a 1-0 loss at UNC Asheville on Saturday in Big South Conference action.

With the loss, the Eagles are now 11-4 on the year and 4-1 in the conference. UNC Asheville improves to 5-7-2 overall and evens its record to 3-3 in the league.

The teams played to a scoreless first half with each team getting a few chances at each end.

The Eagles, going against the wind in the first half, were able to weather the storm and keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. Winthrop had the advantage in the second half going with the wind and created a lot of shots, but it was UNC Asheville that found the net in the 65th minute.

"I thought this was our poorest effort so far this season," said Winthrop coach Rich Posipanko. "We lacked intensity, work ethic and a desire to win today. This is very disappointing since it was a very important conference game. All the credit to UNC Asheville as they were very solid and well-organized defensively. We never got off a good shot or got behind them the entire game. They also had much more will to win today then we did. They were very deserving of the result today."

After a Winthrop defensive miscue, Caleb Alexander took the ball into the box near the end line and placed the ball in front of the net toward Scott Szymanski, who ripped a shot near post from the top of the 6-yard box. The shot was one of just two for the Bulldogs in the second half.

The closest the Eagles came to scoring was a shot by Henry Kalungi that was tipped over the crossbar by Hurskainen. Other than that, Hurskainen made easy work of the rest of the shots.

It was the Eagles' first loss to UNC Asheville since a 2-1 setback in the opening round of the 2004 Big South Conference tournament in Birmingham, Ala.

Winthrop will be back in action on at 7 p.m. Thursday when it hosts Gardner-Webb at Eagle Field.

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