August 23, 2013

Herd takes down Camels in first game of season

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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – In the second-ever meeting between Campbell and Marshall, the Thundering Herd defeated the Camels 3-0 in Huntington, W. Va. Friday. The Herd evened the all-time series at 1-1, after Campbell won last year's match.

"Marshall opened up their new stadium tonight and there were over 1,000 people including alumni in attendance, and their team came out and played like it," head coach Todd Clark said. "We simply didn't handle it. We tried to make it a non-event, but we just didn't handle pressure. We had beaten them pretty handily last season, and they came to play like it in the first half. We came out strong in the second half, but the damage was done.  We are a team seeking leadership and team that has to learn going forward."

Marshall struck only 95 seconds into the game as Erin Simmons took a long-range shot that got past Camel keeper Alexis Connors. Beth Dine made the score 2-0 in favor of the Herd in the 32nd minute as she stripped a CU defender and scored an unassisted goal.

Kayla Byrnside netted the Herd's third and final goal with less than five minutes to play, picking up a ball in a scramble in the Campbell box, putting it in the goal.

Connors picked up seven saves on 10 Herd shots on-goal in 86 minutes played. The Camels took five total shots, four in the second half, with three being on-goal.

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.