Camels look to extend win streak in home-opening matches
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell makes its home debut this weekend as it takes on Mt. Olive Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Francis Marion Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Eakes Athletic Complex. The Camels (2-1-0) are coming off a perfect 2-0 weekend in Texas and look to extend their win streak.
Camels Take Two in Texas
Campbell notched its first two wins this past weekend in Corpus Christi, Texas, participating in the Islanders Soccer Classic. The Camels defeated Texas Southern 4-3 Friday, as freshman duo Payton Ormsby and Lilja Bjork netted two goals apiece in the contest. Sunday, the squad was led by junior pair Melissa Messier and Michelle Procaccini, who each tabbed one goal in the 2-1 win over Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
Campbell first years gave the Camels an offensive spark at the Islanders Classic this weekend. Payton Ormsby tallied her first two collegiate goals and added an assist. She took three shots on the weekend, all of which were on goal. Lilja Bjork netted two goals of her own and notched an assist as well. Five of her nine shots were on goal, leading the Camels in both categories. Kine Thorsvik, who scored a goal in preseason play against UNC Wilmington, had all three shots in the thournament go on frame, while Vilma Ahlholm earned an assist against A&M – Corpus Christi.
"We are looking forward to coming home to the Creek," head coach Todd Clark said in preparation for the Camels' first 2013 game at home. "Outside of the conference final there really isn't any more exciting match than a team's home opener. The ladies have certainly worked hard over the past several weeks to be ready for it. We have been crushed by injury but they have worked together to overcome the obstacles that each season presents a team and are looking better each match. As a coach, I am excited to see what they do every day, as it is always better and better. I have no doubt they will be ready to play on Thursday night as it kicks off an exciting weekend for athletics here with the football opener as well as the other the other events on campus this week."
Taking on the Trojans (0-0-0)
Mt. Olive will be making its regular season debut Thursday against Campbell. The Trojans were picked to finish fifth in the 2013 Conference Carolinas preseason poll and return their three top offensive leaders from last year. Mt. Olive went 7-10-1 last year and finished sixth in the conference with a 6-5 record.
Previewing the Patriots (0-3-0)
Francis Marion has dropped its first three games of the season, most recently falling to Big South Conference foe Gardner-Webb 2-1 in a double-overtime contest in the Sleep Inn Classic. Saturday's match will be the fourth-straight road contest for the Patriots, who are led by Elizabeth Asare with one goal on six shots this season.
CU will take on Mt. Olive for the first time in women's soccer history on Thursday. Against Francis Marion, the Camels are 2-2-1. Last year the sides tied 1-1 in a double overtime match on Aug. 24 in Buies Creek.
Live stats and video will be available through GoCamels.com. You can also follow @GoCamelsWSOC for in-game updates for these games, and throughout the season.
Campbell travels to its second and final regular season tournament next weekend in Richmond, Va. The Camels will take on Richmond Fri., Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. and VCU the following Sunday at 2:30 p.m. as a part of the VCU Invitational.
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.
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.