BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell travels to Huntington, W. Va. Friday to take on Marshall in the Camels' 2013 regular season opener. The game is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
Camels in the Preseason
Freshman Kine Thorsvik and junior Ashley Hartert each picked up goals in CU's preseason action. Thorsvik (Bergen, Norway) notched her first goal as a Camel against UNCW on Aug. 12. In Campbell's final exhibition game, Hartert (Marvin, N.C.) netted a penalty kick against Wake Forest on Aug. 16.
The Camels were picked to finish sixth in the Big South regular season, as voted on by the league's head coaches.
Scouting the Herd
Marshall met Big South opponent VMI in an exhibition match, defeating the Keydets 3-0 on Aug. 14. The Herd also took on Cincinnati Aug. 16, falling 2-1 to the Bearcats. Marshall's four goals were scored by four different players across the two days of action.
The two sides met in Buies Creek last year on Sept. 3, the Camels' third outing of the season. The Camels took the game 4-2 after netting four back-to-back goals. Ashley Clark (Cary, N.C.) led the way with two goals and an assist, while Michelle Procaccini (Olney, Md.) scored her first goal of the 2013 season in the match.
Campbell leads the all-time series 1-0, as last year's match was the first meeting between the two schools in women's soccer.
Live stats will be available through HerdZone.com at no charge, while live video will be available through the website for a fee. You can also follow @GoCamelsWSOC for in-game updates for this game, and throughout the season.
Head coach Todd Clark has added 11 to his roster after losing six seniors in 2012. The freshman class consists of six international players representing Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Northern Ireland. The Camels also welcome a trio from Chesapeake, Va. and Marissa Hartert, a transfer from Mercer, who joins her sister, Ashley, on the squad.
CU ended the 2012 season 10-8-1 after falling to Radford 1-0 in the Big South Tournament quarterfinal. Five Camels earned Big South postseason honors, as Ashley Clark was tabbed first team all-conference and Alexis Connors was placed on the all-freshman team.
Todd Clark enters his eighth year at Campbell, earning his 50th win as a Camel last year against Charleston Southern on Oct. 20. He has coached the Camels to back-to-back winning seasons in 2012 and 2013, the first time since the '03 and '04 CU teams accomplished the same mark.
New Assistant Addition
Caitlin Hunter joins the Fighting Camels staff after playing at UNC Wilmington for four years, earning the top spot in several goalkeeping categories in the Seahawks' record book. She joins first assistant Dee Vega on the Camel sideline, and will focus primarily on training the CU goalkeepers and defense.
Campbell is on the road again next weekend to participate in the Islanders Soccer Classic, hosted by Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Dugan Stadium. The Camels will take on Texas Southern Friday at 3 p.m. and the host Sunday at noon. CU makes its home debut Thurs., Sept. 5, taking on Mt. Olive in a 7 p.m. match at the Eakes Athletic Complex.