Camels to participate in Islanders Soccer Classic this weekend
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell heads to Corpus Christi, Texas Friday to compete in the Islanders Soccer Classic at Dugan Stadium hosted by Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. The Camels will take on Texas Southern Friday at 3 p.m. and the host Sunday at noon.
Camels Look to Bounce Back
After falling to Marshall 3-0 on Aug. 23, Campbell looks to pick up its first win of the season this weekend in Texas. Sophomore goalkeeper Alexis Connors (Johns Creek, Ga.) picked up seven saves on 10 Herd shots on goal in 86 minutes of action. Freshman Kine Thorsvik (Bergen, Norway), junior Kellsey Costello-Mays (Woodbridge, Va.), and senior Caitlin Schneider (Southlake, Texas) each had one shot on goal for the Camels.
Scouting the Tigers (0-3-0)
Texas Southern has scored three goals this season, dropping the first three games of the 2013 slate. Sophomore midfielder Marlyn Campa has netted two goals for the Tigers while freshman forward Ruth Giraldo has added one. In their most recent match, the Tigers fell to McNeese State 12-2 in Lake Charles, La.
Scouting the Islanders (0-1-0)
A&M – Corpus Christi kicked off its inaugural women's soccer season Aug. 23, hosting Houston in the first-ever match at Dugan Stadium. The Islanders fell 2-1 in the game, as junior forward Alyssa Miller scored the lone goal for the home team. Senior goalkeeper Audrey Baldwin made three saves on five shots on-goal in the contest.
The Camels will face each team for the first time in CU history. A&M – Corpus Christi and Texas Southern are two of four teams Campbell will meet for the first time since the team formed in 1992.
Campbell in Regular Season Tournaments
For the second year in a row, the Camels will participate in two in-season tournaments. CU will travel to Texas A&M – Corpus Christi this weekend, followed by the VCU Invitational Sept. 13-15. Last year, the Camels took three of four games across two tournaments, winning the Western Carolina Catamount Classic after defeating Louisiana-Lafayette and the host. At the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational, CU defeated Elon 1-0 but fell to the Seahawks 3-0.
Live stats will be available through GoIslanders.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 these games, 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.
CU makes its home debut Thurs., Sept. 5, taking on Mt. Olive in a 7 p.m. match at the Eakes Athletic Complex.