Campbell continues Men’s Soccer road swing Tuesday at Virginia Tech
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell will look to knock off a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second time in a week when the Fighting Camels travel to Virginia Tech Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. kick-off. CU downed NC State last Tuesday in Buies Creek thanks to Ben Iiames' 91st minute golden goal.
LAST TIME OUT: CAMPBELL (5-6-1, 1-2-0 Big South) outshot Presbyterian 33-14, but fell 3-2 in overtime Saturday at Clinton, S.C. The Camels trailed 2-0 after 72 minutes before central defender Travis Golden headed in Mitchell Cardenas' 78th minute corner kick. Golden provided the equalizer with just 1:18 remaining in regulation off feeds from Jonathan Ray and Jhuvon Francis. However, the Camels surrendered a 99th minute winner by Byron Quinatoa... VIRGINIA TECH (3-8-0, 1-3-0 ACC) dropped its 6th-straight game on Saturday, a 2-1 setback at New Jersey Tech. Robert Alberti leveled the match in the 29th minute for the Hokies, but Franco Gamero put NJIT back in front 2-1 just 1:11 later and the scoreline held.
THE SERIES: Virginia Tech and Campbell will meet in men's soccer for the first time in 45 years on Tuesday. On Sept. 28, 1966, the Hokies defeated the Camels 3-2 in Blacksburg in the only other game in the series between the schools. By contrast, Campbell and Virginia Tech will play in men's basketball on Dec. 17, 2011 at Blacksburg, marking the 3rd-straight year the schools will square off on the hardwood.
CAMEL NOTES: Campbell stands 16-63-6 all-time vs. current members of the ACC... Since the start of the 2006 season, however, the Camels are 4-4 vs. ACC schools... Big South teams stand 2-7-0 vs. the ACC this season, including Liberty's 2-0 victory last month at Virginia... Campbell is 0-2 when amassing at least 30 shots in a game this year. The Camels out-shot Loyola (Md.) by a 30-5 margin last month in Baltimore, only to fall 1-0. CU then launched 33 shots (12 on goal) Saturday in its 3-2 OT loss at Presbyterian... CU is 1-3 on opponents' home fields this year and has last its last 3 true road decisions... J.J. Elder leads CU with 5 goals scored, while 8 others have scored once each... Mitchell Cardenas (5) and Jonathan Ray (4) are the team's assists leaders... Travis Golden has scored 3 times in the last 3 games... GK Ryan Amons stands 4th in the Big South in goals-against average (1.37) and 3rd in save percentage (.760).
VIRGINIA TECH NOTES: The Hokies defeated then No.-1 North Carolina 1-0 in double OT on Sept. 10 in Blacksburg and downed Longwood 1-0 three days later, but have not won since. However, three of their six-straight setbacks have come at the hands of nationally-ranked opposition -- #11 Boston College (3-4 OT), #22 ETSU (0-1), #1 Maryland (0-2). Further more, two of those 6 games have stretched into extra time -- BC and Wake Forest (0-1 2OT). Tech has scored just 9 goals in 11 outings, but has only surrendered 15 (1.31 GAA). Robert Alberti and David Clemens lead the Hokies with 2 goals apiece... Virginia Tech is 3-3 at home this year, but 0-5 away from Thompson Field.
OCTOBER A NIGHTMARE FOR CAMPBELL FOES: Campbell stands 26-7-3 in its last 36 games during the month of October. In those contests, CU has out-scored its October competition by a 72-42 margin.
HOME, SWEET HOME: Since the start of the 2005 campaign, Campbell owns a 37-19-2 (.655) record at the Eakes Athletic Complex -- including 3 wins over nationally-ranked teams at the site. CU is 2-3-1 at home this year after last week's win over NC State.
NEXT: The Camels play the 3rd of 4-straight on the road when they return to Big South action Saturday at Winthrop (7:00).