Camels continue home stretch Saturday night against Gardner-Webb

Jhuvon Francis
(photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Jhuvon Francis (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Looking to snap a 5-match losing streak, Campbell hosts Big South foe Gardner-Webb Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the first meeting between the former Atlantic Sun Conference rivals since the Bulldogs joined the Big South in 2008.

LAST TIME OUT:  CAMPBELL (3-5-1, 0-1-0 Big South) led at half-time Wednesday thanks to Jhuvon Francis' 29th-minute goal, but dropped a 2-1 decision to Radford in its Big South opener.  Francis slotted home a rebound of Justin Franz' shot off the left post... GARDNER-WEBB (3-5-2, 0-1-0) lost a 2-1 decision in double overtime at Clemson Tuesday.  Denzel Clarke equalized for the Bulldogs in the 90th minute, but Clemson's Bryniar Benediktsson scored the winner with 10 seconds left in the second OT period.

THE SERIES:  Campbell owns a 6-2-1 edge in the series.  In 2006, Gardner-Webb defeated CU in the A-Sun semifinal en route to the Bulldogs' first A-Sun crown and NCAA College Cup appearance.  One year later, Campbell downed GWU in the A-Sun 1st round on the way to the '07 A-Sun title and NCAA College Cup berth.

CAMEL NOTES:  Jhuvon Francis' first-half strike Wednesday against Radford ended a 343-minute scoreless stretch for the Camels... CU has created chances during its drought, however, holding a 63-44 advantage in shots during the span... Junior midfielder Mitchell Cardenas has played all but 18 minutes (812 of a possible 830) over the first 9 games.  Cardenas and Justin Franz are tied for 4th place among Big South leaders with 3 assists each.. Of J.J. Elder's 8 shots on goal, 5 have hit the nets.  He is tied for 3rd among Big South goal scoring leaders... Wednesday's game vs. Radford marked Campbell's first Big South regular season contest since a 3-1 victory at UNC Greensboro on Oct. 27, 1993... CU's 5-match losing streak is its first since the 2002 season.

GARDNER-WEBB NOTES:  The Bulldogs are in the midst of an 11-match stretch away from home.  GWU is 0-4 on opponents' home fields and 2-1-2 at neutral sites... Gardner-Webb defeated #16 VCU 1-0 on Sept. 18 to go 2-0 at the UAB Soccer for a Cure Classic... The Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision at #25 Coastal Carolina Sept. 23 in their Big South opener... John Sargent leads the team with 3 goals and is tied for the Big South lead with 2 game-winning strikes.

BACK HOME IN THE BIG SOUTH:  After a 17-year tenure in the Atlantic Sun Conference (and claiming four league trophies since 2005), the Camels return to the Big South, of which CU was a charter member from 1984-93... CU has the highest BSC regular season winning percentage of any current member (.736, 51-18-1)... Campbell also owned the best record of all A-Sun members in regular season play from 2005-2010 (36-10-5).  In 10 seasons, Campbell won the Big South regular season title five times (1984, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993), the tournament championship on four occasions (1984, 1985, 1991, 1992) and finished as league tournament runner-up three years (1986, 1989, 1993).

HOME, SWEET HOME:  Since the start of the 2005 campaign, Campbell owns a 35-19-2 (.643) record at the Eakes Athletic Complex -- including 3 wins over nationally-ranked teams at the site.  CU is still looking for its first home field win this year after a draw with Furman losses to Elon, Davidson and Radford.

NEXT:  Campbell hosts Atlantic Coast Conference member North Carolina State Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.