Camels return to Big South play Tuesday at Winthrop

Isaiah Page
(Bennett Scarborough photo)
Isaiah Page (Bennett Scarborough photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell returns to Big South Conference play on Tuesday with a 7:00 p.m. kick-off at Winthrop.  The Fighting Camels enter this week's action at 1-6-2 overall, 1-0-0 in the Big South, but are 0-1-2 in their last three matches.

On Saturday in Buies Creek, Campbell built a 2-0 lead against in the first 20 minutes on a Ricki Gaez strike and an own goal.  Early in the second half Justin Franz hit the crossbar, but the Spartans rallied to equalize.  The Camels played the final 4:53 of regulation and two overtime periods a man down, but were able to secure a draw.

Winthrop (7-1-1, 1-0-0 Big South) was unbeaten in its first 8 contests of the season before dropping a 2-1 decision last week to the College of Charleston.

The Eagles own the best overall record among league members and lead the conference in goal scoring with a 2.67 per outing clip.  Max Hasenstab is second in the Big South with 7 goals in 9 outings, while he is tied for teammate Adam Brundle for second in the league with 5 assists.

Winthrop keeper Guilherme Avelar sports the league's best goals-against average while topping the Big South with an .818 save percentage.

Camel keeper Ethan Hall, who has played all but 14 minutes in the CU nets since the start of the 2012 season, has moved into 8th place on Campbell's all-time goalkeeper list for minutes played (3936), matches played (44) and started (42).

CU stands 12-7-0 in league regular season games since re-joining the Big South in 2011.  Campbell is 2-0 vs. the Eagles (3-1 at win Rock Hill in '11 and 5-2 victory in Buies Creek last year) over the past two years.

Last year at Buies Creek, four different Camels scored and CU benefited from an own goal in the first 69 minutes.  Isaiah Page had two assists, while Jhuvon Francis and Justin Franz were among the goal scorers for CU.

This season, Campbell and UNCG have met a pair of common opponents.  Both teams own Big South victories over VMI.  Campbell defeated the Keydets 3-2 on Sept. 3, while Winthrop claimed a 5-1 triumph Sept. 28 at Lexington.  Winthrop also won 1-0 last month at UNCG.

After Tuesday's contest, Campbell returns home to face Radford (4-3-2, 1-0-0 entering Wednesday's home game vs. Longwood) on Saturday in a 7:00 p.m. start.