Justin Franz named CSM Big South player of the week

Justin Franz
(Bennett Scarborough photo)
Justin Franz (Bennett Scarborough photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Justin Franz of Campbell University has been named Big South Conference men's soccer player of the week by College Sports Madness.

The senior midfielder figured in all three Campbell goals in a 3-2 victory over VMI in last week's Big South regular season opener.  A native of Cedar Park, Texas, Franz provided the service for ehaders by Cameron Mulvey (8th minute) and Bryce Miller (31st) that gave the Camels a 2-0 lead.

Franz' direct kick from 25 yards hit the net in the 65th minute for what proved to be the winning goal for Campbell (1-1, 1-0 Big South).  His output marked a career single-game high for points (4), while matching a career-best 2 assists and producing the fourth game-winning strike of his tenure.

Campbell now owns a 49-17-5 record in regular season conference play since the start of the 2005 season, including a 13-7 mark since re-joining the Big South in 2011. 

CU stands 12-2-1 in its last 15 home games, dating to the outset of the 2011 campaign.  However, Franz and the Camels return to non-conference action for the next seven contests, including a pair of road tests this week.   

Campbell travels to 2-0-1 Davidson, ranked 10th in the South Region poll and coming off a 2-1 victory at Harvard, for a 7:00 p.m. kick-off Wednesday.  The Wildcats have allowed only two goals over their first three matches and are unbeaten despite being out-shot 58-41.

Davidson owns a 7-5 edge in the all-time series with the Camels, including a 1-0 victory at Buies Creek in 2011 thanks to a 16th-minute penalty kick from Greg MacNamara.

On Saturday, the Camels play at Loyola (Md.) in a 7:00 p.m. start.  The Greyhounds carry a 2-0-1 record into Wednesday's match at Quinnipiac.  Pre-season Patriot League player of the year Larry Ndjock scored 4 times over the first three outings, including game winners against La Salle and Saint Francis (Pa.).

Loyola owns a 3-1-1 edge in the series with the Camels following last year's 2-0 Campbell victory at Buies Creek where Mitchell Cardenas scored both goals.  The Greyhounds have never lost to Campbell in Baltimore (2-0-0), most recently claiming a 1-0 result in 2011.

Notable:  Campbell defeated VMI by the same score line (3-2) for the third-straight year.  CU never trailed last Tuesday vs. the Keydets, holding 2-0 and 3-1 advantages, but overcame a 0-2 deficit in the 2012 victory over the Keydets… Sophomore left back Cameron Mulvey tallied his first career goal against VMI, while sophomore transfer Pepe Rangel added his first assist in a CU uniform… Campbell returns home next Tuesday (Sept. 17) in a 7:00 p.m. start vs. North Carolina, ranked 2nd nationally in this week's NSCAA poll.