Campbell earns first Big South win of season over Charleston Southern 3-2

Kellsey Costello-Mays
(Bennett Scarborough photo)
Kellsey Costello-Mays (Bennett Scarborough photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell scored three straight goals Wednesday, notching its first Big South win 3-2 over Charleston Southern at Eakes Athletic Complex. Goals from freshmen Payton Ormsby and Kine Thorsvik along with junior Kellsey Costello-Mays gave CU (5-7-0, 1-4-0 Big South) its first win since Sept. 7. 

"Obviously we're ecstatic to win," said head coach Todd Clark. "We've always had really tough games with Charleston Southern. They just came off a really good win at UNC Asheville so we caught them on a bit of a roll. Very clearly, the addition of Nicole Connolly in the back and putting Michelle Procaccini in the back has helped," Clark continued. "Also, there's no doubt that the addition of Lilja Bjork back into the team was a game-changer."

The Camels' first close shot came in the 26th minute as Caitlin Schneider headed the ball just over the crossbar from a Costello-Mays corner. 

CU had another close opportunity in the 33rd minute when Thorscvik crossed the ball from the left side into the box, where Bjork had a one-on-one with CSU's keeper, but sent the ball wide.

The Camels found the back of the net with just 56 seconds remaining before the break.  Bjork sent the ball in the air from the left flank, where it found Ormsby's feet. She was met with a slide tackle from keeper Dana McLaughlin, but was able to hit the ball past her or her fifth goal of the season, giving CU the 1-0 lead. 

CU took 10 shots in the first half to CSU's five. Campbell keeper Alexis Connors registered two saves in the half while McLaughlin stopped five.

Campbell didn't waste any time in the second half, as Costello-Mays launched a corner kick from the left side untouched into the far post for the 3-0 lead in the 49th minute. The score was her second of the year.

The third and final Camel goal came in the 54th minute when Thorsvik tabbed her fourth goal of the season. She took a shot from inside the Buccaneer penalty box, which McLaughlin blocked back into the box. Thorsvik took a one-touch shot into the net, putting CU up 2-0.

Less than a minute later, the Buccaneers got on the board, after a Campbell defender committed a foul in the penalty area. CSU was awarded the penalty kick, which Chloe Urig netted in the upper left corner past Connors.

The final goal of the game came from CSU's Allison Lewis in the 76th minute. She settled a cross from Chelsea Phillips and took a shot into the right side of the net, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of the Camels. 

Campbell finished with 22 shots, 13 of which were on goal. Connors ended the night with three saves, bringing her season total to 29.

The Camels continue their Big South slate Saturday at 7:00 p.m. taking on Presbyterian in Clinton, S.C.