ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 8, 2019) – Asheville City – Last week saw a combined three games for the two Asheville City soccer squads.
On Wednesday, the women’s side played Oak City United in the Carolinas Conference semifinal in Raleigh and came away with a 2-0 win. It was the first postseason game, and victory, in the second-year program’s history.
Molly Dwyer, who scored the game-winner at Memorial Stadium on June 29, opened the scoring against Oak City (5-3-0) in the game’s 36th minute and the Blues took a 1-0 lead into halftime. With just four minutes left in regulation, Jennifer Cudjoe scored off her own rebound to put the Blues up 2-0 and effectively seal the win.
A contingent of Blues fans traveled to Raleigh for the game, while a hometown crowd headed to Hi-Wire Brewing locally to watch the game on the big screen. Between the first and second goals for Asheville City, a “phantom” goal appeared for Oak City on the (soundless) live stream, making the score appear to be 1-1 for a good portion of the game. To the relief of the locals, the technical problem was later fixed and the Blues returned to a 1-0 lead en route to the 2-0 victory.
On Friday night, the Asheville City men’s team won in dramatic fashion over Atlanta SC at Memorial Stadium in their regular season finale. As regulation time expired, Asheville (5-3-2) and Atlanta (1-8-1) were locked in a scoreless tie as the press box announced four minutes of added time. Two minutes into extra time, Ireland’s Ross Fitzpatrick followed up a Jamie Smith header with one of his own to beat the Atlanta goalie and secure the 1-0 win.
The Blues already had a playoff berth secured prior to the contest and the victory moved them into third place of the NPSL Southeast Conference Division with a 5-3-2 record. Asheville City’s next game is a first-round playoff contest against Greenville FC (5-1-4) at UT-Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium at 4:30 p.m. this Friday. The two rivals have played twice this season, with each game resulting in a tie.
The Blues’ women’s team was back in action in the Carolinas Conference final on Saturday against the undefeated Charlotte Eagles.
The Eagles (8-0-1) moved out to an initial 1-0 lead in the game’s 60th minute. Asheville responded in the game’s 83rd minute when Warren Wilson graduate Bianca Canizio knotted the score at one. Charlotte’s Skyler Prillaman immediately responded to put the Eagles back in the lead, 2-1.
Asheville City’s Mariah Powers just as quickly tied the scored back up off a corner to make it 2-2. The two goals are the most that Charlotte has yielded this season. Prillaman scored her third goal of the game in added time to give the Eagles the 3-2 victory and advance them in the WPSL playoffs.
On the year, the Blues’ women’s side finished with a 4-5 WPSL mark, good for second place in the Carolina Conference’s South Division.