BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Looking to snap a 3-match losing streak, Campbell (3-3-1) travels to nationally-ranked Charlotte for a 7:00 p.m. kick-off Saturday.
Despite out-shooting their last two foes by a 44-13 margin, the Camels have suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses to regionally-ranked opponents Loyola (Md.) and Davidson.
Charlotte (6-1-0), which is ranked 14th in this week's NSCAA national poll, has won four-straight games, including a 3-1 triumph Tuesday at Clemson. The 49ers also knocked off 27th-ranked UNC Greensboro (1-0) on Sept. 11 and 10th-ranked Virginia (2-1 OT) on Sept. 16.
Saturday's match is Campbell's second against a nationally-ranked squad this season. CU and 30th-ranked Furman played to a scoreless draw in the season opener at Buies Creek. Since the start of the 2005 season, Campbell stands 4-10-1 against nationally-ranked teams.
Campbell is coming off Wednesday's shutout loss to Davidson, which was decided by Greg McNamara's 16th minute penalty. Davidson keeper Chip Sanders made five saves, including a 10th-minute dive in which he tipped Mitchell Cardenas' curling effort off the left post and out of danger.
Last Saturday, the Camels out-shot Loyola 30-5, including an 88-minute effort from J.J. Elder, who hit the post, but were thwarted by a 10-save performance from Kyle Wittman.
Elder leads the Camels with 11 points on 5 goals and 1 assist, while Cardenas has 5 points on 1 goal and 3 assists. Junior keeper Ryan Amons enters Saturday's contest with a 1.10 goals-against average.
The 49ers have out-scored their opponents by a 14-5 margin through 7 matches and taken 106 shots while limiting their foes to 58. Evan James and Jennings Rex lead the Charlotte attack with 3 goals apiece.
Charlotte holds a 13-3-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Camels, but fell 2-1 last year in Buies Creek when Khalil Johnson scored twice for CU. Rex scored in the 89th minute for Charlotte. Amons had four saves in the nets as Steve Armas collected his first victory as head coach of the Camels.
Campbell stands 3-1 away from Buies Creek this year, including a win at UNC Wilmington (4-2) and neutral site victories over Wofford (1-0) and Hartford (3-2). The 49ers are 2-0 at home.
Charlotte and Campbell have faced two common opponents. Charlotte blanked both UNCW (2-0) and Elon (3-0). The Camels fell to Elon 3-1 on Sept. 14.
Following Saturday's contest, the Camels open Big South Conference play next Wednesday at home in a 7:00 p.m. start against Radford.