November 8, 2013

Big South seeding on line Saturday for Camels at Presbyterian

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Big South Conference tournament seeding is at stake Saturday when Campbell travels to Presbyterian for the regular season finale.

Kick-off is set for 5 p.m. at Edens Field at Martin Stadium in Clinton, S.C.  Campbell (4-10-3, 4-4-1 Big South) has clinched a spot in next week's league tournament, while Presbyterian (3-14, 1-8) has been eliminated from post-season action.

Live video of the game will be available on line through the Big South Network.

The Camels enter the weekend in eighth place in the conference standings with 13 points, but would jump past idle Liberty (15 points) and Winthrop (15) with a victory at PC.  The Camels could finish as high as fifth in the standings if Radford (4-3-2, 14 points) loses at home to 2-7 UNC Asheville.

Coastal Carolina clinched the top seed in the tournament and will host the eighth-seeded school in the first round, which will be played at the top four clubs in the final standings.  The semifinals and championship will be held Nov. 15 and 17 at Bryan Park in Greensboro.

After opening Big South play unbeaten in five matches (4-0-1), the Camels have lost their last four outings, most recently at 5-2 setback Wednesday at No.-14 Coastal Carolina.  CU is 2-2 on the road in Big South play this year with victories at Winthrop and Asheville.

In Big South games, Campbell has been out-scored 18-14.  The Blue Hose have conceded 30 goals in conference play while scoring only nine.

Last year, Campbell shut out PC 3-0 in Buies Creek, but the Blue Hose downed CU 3-2 in overtime during the 2011 season at Clinton.

Junior Jhuvon Francis (6 goals) and senior Justin Franz (4 goals, 4 assists) are Campbell's top offensive threats, while senior Ethan Hall has played all 1506 minutes in net this year and holds a 1.67 goals-against average.

Ignacio Monchetti, who scored in Presbyterian's OT win at Clinton in 2011, has tallied 5 of his 6 goals in conference play.  Josh Carter has also scored 6 times, but no other PC player has hit the net more than once for the Blue Hose, who sit on the short end of a 57-17 goal differential this year.  PC keepers Tyler Beadle, Johnny Archer and Tanner Osborne all own goals-against averages higher than three.