Camels take 1-0 victory over Longwood on Bjork's third goal

Lilja Bjork
(Bennett Scarborough photo)
Lilja Bjork (Bennett Scarborough photo)

FARMVILLE, Va. – Lilja Bjork's goal in the 52nd was the deciding factor in Campbell's 1-0 win over Longwood Wednesday night.  Samantha Lawson earned her first career solo shutout as the Camels tabbed their first Big South road win of the season as they moved to 6-10 overall and 2-7 in the Big South.

"It was a fantastic effort," head coach Todd Clark said after the game. "The kids played tremendously hard. The last three games we gave a good effort and tonight we were finally rewarded. We are excited for the direction we've taken in the last couple of days." 

The best chances for both teams in the first half each clanked off the frame. The Camels had the first shot of the game, as senior Caitlin Schneider fired a shot off the Lancer goalpost in the second minute of play.

The Lancers had a shot with only 15 seconds left in the first, which missed high and hit the crossbar. 

The first half ended with Longwood having the one shot edge on Campbell 4-3. Lawson made two saves in the period while Longwood's Shelby Hall stopped one.

The Lancers came out firing with two shots in the first six minutes after the break. The Camels answered with a goal in the 52nd minute. 

Bjork won a 50-50 ball in Longwood territory and broke a tackle with a Lancer defender outside of the box. She continued her run into the penalty area, where she took on Hall, making a tackle past her and putting the ball into the back of the net. Her third goal of the year gave the Camels the 1-0 lead and would go on to be the game-winner.

"We've been saying all year that we have ability and it's coming together at right time of year," Clark continued. "We are excited we won, but we are even more proud that we didn't quit." 

Longwood kept the pressure on the Camel defense, taking seven more shots in the half, but the defense held and Lawson stopped all four shots on goal to keep the clean sheet, giving Campbell its second shutout of the year.

The Lancers outshot the Camels 13-5 and had six shots on frame to CU's three. Lawson finished the night with six total saves, bringing her season total to 27.

Campbell is back on the pitch Saturday for its last home game, celebrating Senior Night against VMI at 7:00 p.m. at Eakes Athletic Complex.