Fieldhouse Report, 10.24.2018

UNCA Asheville Bulldogs Mens Soccer Asheville
UNCA’s Austin Howard (photo – UNCA Athletics)

REGIONAL

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 24, 2018) – College Soccer The Big South’s UNCA Bulldogs picked up a 1-0 win over the Southern Conference’s VMI on October 20. Junior midfielder Austin Howard (pictured), a graduate of Asheville’s Carolina Day, scored what would prove the game-winner just ten minutes into the contest. The Bulldogs (2-11-2) outshot the Keydets, 14-8, and put three shots on goal. VMI fell to 1-14-1 with the loss.

UNCA travels to face the Big South’s Campbell (6-7-1) on Saturday and hosts conference rival Gardner-Webb (3-9-1) on Wednesday, October 31 at 6:00 p.m. at Greenwood Field. The game will conclude the 2018 season for the Bulldogs.

Check back this week for a snapshot of all area college soccer teams as the postseason approaches.

College Cross Country – The Bulldogs’ cross country teams head to the Big South Conference Championships in High Point, North Carolina on Friday, October 26. The UNCA women’s side will be paced by three-time conference runner of the week, Clara Wincheski.

The NCAA’s Division I Regional Championships are held on November 9 in Rock Hill, South Carolina this season. Rock Hill is home to the Big South’s Winthrop

Montreat’s Lydia Wilson continued to prove herself the area’s top runner at the college level when she placed seventh out of 293 runners at the USC-Beaufort Sand Shark Invitational this past Saturday in Hardeeville, South Carolina.

College Football It was a long weekend on the gridiron regionally as Brevard (1-5), Furman (2-4), Mars Hill (2-6), and Western Carolina (3-4) all fell in conference games last Saturday.

The Catamounts head to nearby Johnson City, Tennessee to face the ETSU Bucs (6-2) this weekend for the inaugural “Blue Ridge Border Battle.” The two teams have faced each other 47 times dating back to 1932, with WCU holding a narrow 24-22-1 advantage. This year’s game will be the first time the rivalry bears the newly-minted moniker.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits Hockey 2
Greenville celebrates after an early season goal (photo – Greenville Swamp Rabbits)

Pro Hockey – The Greenville (S.C.) Swamp Rabbits are the area’s sole hockey entry.  The team is out of the gate at 1-3 in the 27-team ECHL, a 30-year-old circuit one competitive rung below the American Hockey League (AHL), and two rungs beneath the NHL. Greenville was an affiliate of the New York Rangers in 2017-2018 but entered this season as an unaffiliated franchise.

The Swamp Rabbits play their home games at Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena and return there on October 27 to host Atlanta. The arena is just over an hour by car from Asheville.  

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More hockey from Fieldhouse’s Tom Flynn (Wall Street Journal, Blue Ridge Outdoors)