Camels host second-ranked Tar Heels Tuesday night
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell hosts second-ranked North Carolina Tuesday in a 7:00 kick-off at the Eakes Athletic Complex. The last two times the Tar Heels have visited Buies Creek, UNC has brought in a national ranking and left with a loss (in 2006 and 2008).
PROMOTIONS: Tuesday is "Fill the Hill" and CU School of Osteopathic Medicine Night at the Eakes Complex. Free Campbell tote bags for all fans while supplies last. "Twitter Tuesday" with "Tweet from your Seat" and half-time "Twitter Trivia."
CAMPBELL MEN'S SOCCER ON THE BIG SOUTH NETWORK: Tuesday's game is the 3rd of 11 contests that will be aired live (and free) on the internet via the Big South Network. Visit BigSouthSports.com or GoCamels.com to link to live coverage.
RECORDS: CAMPBELL (1-3, 1-0 Big South) lost a pair of road games last week at Davidson (2-3) and at Loyola, Md. (2-0)… UNC (2-0-2, 0-0-2 ACC) is unbeaten on the year with draws last week at #4 Notre Dame (1-1) and vs. #18 Maryland (2-2).
UNC SERIES: The Tar Heels hold a 17-6-1 edge in the all-time series with the Camels, but Campbell has won 3 of the 5 meetings since 2006. CU defeated #3 UNC 1-0 at Buies Creek and won 2-1 over the unranked Heels in 2007. In 2008, the Camels knocked off 7th-ranked North Carolina 2-0 in Buies Creek before losing 2-0 at Chapel Hill the following year. In 2012, the 4th-ranked Tar Heels downed CU 3-0 at UNC's Fetzer Field. Last year at Chapel Hill, Andy Craven and Martin Murphy provided 1st-half goals, while Cameron Brown added a 75th minute PK.
CAMEL NOTES: After missing the first two games of the year following off-season knee surgery, center back Travis Golden came off the bench last week at Davidson and Loyola. Golden was a 1st-team all-conference defender in 2012... Justin Franz set up 2 goals and scored the winner in CU's 3-2 win over VMI in the Big South opener and earned College Sports Madness Big South player of the week honors... Cameron Mulvey scored his first career goal vs. VMI... Ricki Gaez had a goal and assist in last week's loss at Davidson... Pepe Rangel (VMI) and Tunji Osifeso (Davidson) earned their first career points in a CU uniform on assists... Franz leads CU with 6 points (2 goals, 2 assists), while Gaez has 4 points (1G, 2A).
NORTH CAROLINA NOTES: The Tar Heels have allowed only 3 goals in 4 outings this year... UNC went to OT to defeat Monmouth 1-0 in its season opener before blanking #13 Coastal Carolina 4-0 on Sept. 2. On Friday, Raby George scored on a 14th minute penalty and Omar Holness added a 21st minute strike before Maryland equalized in the 37th minute of a 2-2 draw... Tyler Engel leads UNC with 7 points (3G, 1A), while George has 2 goals in 4 games... GK Brendan Moore owns a 0.65 goals-against average and 2 shutouts.
HOME, SWEET HOME: Since the start of the 2005 campaign, Campbell owns a 46-21-2 (.681) record at the Eakes Athletic Complex -- including 4 wins over nationally-ranked teams at the site. CU finished 7-1-1 at home in 2012 and owns a 12-2-1 mark (1-1-0 this year) at Eakes dating to the 2011 season.
CONFERENCE SUCCESS: Campbell owns a 49-17-5 (.725) record in conference regular season play since the start of the 2005 campaign. Over its final 6 years as a member of the Atlantic Sun, Campbell garnered a 36-10-5 (.755) record and won 3 regular-season titles, plus the 2007 tournament crown. Campbell owns a 13-7-0 record in the Big South regular season since re-joining the league in 2011.
HEAD COACH STEVE ARMAS (Maryland, '03) is in his fourth year in charge of the Camel program and has guided his teams to a 28-26-8 overall record, 17-12-0 in league regular season play. Under Armas' direction, the Camels are 3-3-1 vs. Atlantic Coast Conference members and 2-7-2 vs. nationally-ranked teams.
CAMELS PICKED 2ND IN BIG SOUTH POLL: Defending champion Coastal Carolina, ranked 14th nationally in the pre-season NSCAA rating, was picked first a pre-season poll of 11 Big South coaches with 116 points and eight first-place votes. Campbell (two first place votes) was second with 104 points, followed by High Point (87), Radford (86), Winthrop (85), Liberty (73), Gardner-Webb (50), Longwood (42), Presbyterian (34), UNC Asheville (30) and VMI (19).
NEXT: Following Tuesday's match, Campbell travels to No.-21 Charlotte Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. kick-off.