Men's Soccer hosts UNCG Saturday night

Ethan Hall
(Bennett Scarborough photo)
Ethan Hall (Bennett Scarborough photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell will face an old rival Saturday when UNC Greensboro visits the Eakes Athletic Complex for a 7:00 p.m. Family Weekend kick-off.

CAMELS FOR A CURE DAY: During Saturday's home triple-header of athletic events, Campbell University will be raising funds to benefit the Harnett Health Foundation.  Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer awareness.  The first 100 fans through the gate at both the women's (4 pm) and men's (7 pm) soccer matches will receive a free "Camels for a Cure" t-shirt.  Gates open one hour prior to kick off.  Fans may also spin the "Camels for a Cure" prize wheel at all 3 events for $2 per spin. Each contestant will depart with a prize.  All proceeds will benefit the Harnett Health Foundation.

THE UNCG SERIES: The teams squared off in both the 1992 (Campbell 5-0) and 1993 (UNCG 2-1) Big South Conference finals before CU left the league for the Atlantic Sun Conference and UNCG joined the Southern Conference.  UNCG holds a 14-4-2 edge in the all-time series.  A 1-1 draw in 2010 at Greensboro ended a 10-match losing streak for CU against the Spartans.  CU's last win over UNCG was by a 4-2 score in 1994 at Buies Creek.

RECORDS:  CAMPBELL (1-6-1, 1-0 Big South) has suffered 3 losses to nationally-ranked teams (1-0 to #1 North Carolina, 3-0 at #28 Charlotte, 1-0 vs. #20 Elon), while drawing 1-1 at UNCW over its last 4 matches… UNCG (5-5-0, 0-0 SoCon) has dropped 5 of its last 7 outings, but entered the week ranked 9th in the NSCAA South Region poll.

TOUGH NON-LEAGUE SLATE:  Campbell's first seven non-conference opponents own a combined record of 34-16-12 (.645) entering this weekend's matches and all seven are over .500.

OCTOBER A NIGHTMARE FOR CAMPBELL FOES:  Campbell has compiled a record of 35-11-4 (.740) in its last 50 games during the month of October (including a 0-1 mark in 2013).  In those 50 contests, the Camels have out-scored their foes by a 104-61 margin.

LAST TIME OUT:  Campbell dropped a 1-0 decision to No.-20 Elon on Tuesday and fell to 0-3 vs. nationally-ranked opponents this season.  The Camels out-shot the Phoenix 16-13, 11-6 in the second half, but could not overcome Matt Wescoe's 50th minute goal.  UNCG surrendered the equalizing goal with 36 seconds left in regulation, then gave up the winner with 2:29 to play in the 2nd OT and fell 3-2 on Tuesday at Georgia State.  Noah DeAngelo scored in the 11th minute for UNCG, while Oddur Gudmundsson put the Spartans in front 2-1 in the 62nd.

CAMEL NOTES:  CU is 0-1 vs. Southern Conference members this year (0-1 vs. No.-20 Elon, 2-3 at Davidson)... Senior Ethan Hall has played all but 14 minutes and 17 seconds in the nets for the Camels since the start of the 2012 campaign.  He has moved into 8th place on CU's all-time GK minutes played list (3826), 8th in starts (41), 9th in matches (43)... Along with Hall, senior defender Eduardo Rodriguez, senior midfielder Justin Franz and junior midfielder Scooter Oliver have played all 746 minutes for CU this season...

UNCG NOTES:  The Spartans won their first 3 matches of the year, over UNC Asheville (3-0), at 15th-ranked Charlotte (1-0) and at James Madison (1-0) and climbed to as high as No.-15 in the national polls.  However, consecutive losses to High Point (0-3), Coastal Carolina (2-4) and #4 Clemson (0-2) dropped UNCG from the  national rankings... UNCG is 2-3 vs. Big South members this year, including a loss to Winthrop (0-1) and win over Longwood (1-0)... David Reittinger leads the team with 4 goals (9 points)...

HOME, SWEET HOME:  Since the start of the 2005 campaign, Campbell owns a 46-23-2 (.662) 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 12-4-1 mark (1-3-0 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.

CAMELS VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS:  Under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Steve Armas, Campbell stands 2-10-2 against teams ranked in one of the four national polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, College Soccer News, Top Drawer Soccer).  In 2012, CU went 2-2-1 vs. nationally-ranked teams, while the Camels are 0-3-0 vs. ranked opposition this season.

NEXT:  Campbell opens Big South play Tuesday at Winthrop (7:00 p.m.).