Campbell hosts VMI Saturday for Men’s Soccer Senior Day

Nick Burdett, Coach Steve Armas, Brian Urioste
Nick Burdett, Coach Steve Armas, Brian Urioste

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Riding a three-match winning streak and unbeaten in its last four outings, Campbell hosts VMI Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on Senior Day at the Eakes Athletic Complex.  CU enters the event with a 5-1-1 mark in its last seven contests.  In addition to recognizing seniors Nick Burdett and Brian Urioste during pre-game ceremonies, Campbell will also hand out its annual awards in memory of Jim McVeigh and Glen Brewster.

LAST TIME OUT:  CAMPBELL (8-6-2, 4-2-0 Big South) scored 3 goals for the 3rd-straight game and defeated Liberty 3-1 Tuesday at home.  Mitchell Cardenas scored twice and set up Jhuvon Francis' strike for the Camels... VMI (1-13-2, 1-5-1 Big South) is winless (0-5-2) in its last seven outings following a 4-1 loss Oct. 21 at 16th-ranked Coastal Carolina.

CAMEL NOTES:  The Camels enter Saturday's game in 3rd place in the Big South standings with 12 points, behind Coastal Carolina (6-0-0, 18 pts.) and Gardner-Webb (5-2-0, 15)...  Not only does CU stand 5-1-1 in its last 7 matches, but the Camels have out-shot their opponents by a 156-81 margin in those games... Eleven different Camels have scored this year, led by J.J. Elder (5), Mitchell Cardenas (4), Jhuvon Francis (3), Keegan Terry (3) and Travis Golden (3)... Mitchell Cardenas (6) and Jonathan Ray (6) are the team's assists leaders... Ray tops the Big South with 5 assists in league games... Golden has played every minute (1019) since  moving into the starting lineup at central defender 11 games ago...  Cardenas (1377)  and Ben Iiames (1351) lead the Camels in minutes played and along with Aleksi Tossavainen are the only 3 members of the roster to start all 16 matches... Campbell has out-shot its 6 Big South opponents by a 135-66 margin, 67-30 in shots on goal.

SENIOR D NICK BURDETT (Marysville, Wash.) has appeared in 56 matches with 41 starts at left in his Fighting Camel career.  He appeared in 6 games for the 2008 Atlantic Sun regular season champions and was a starter for the '09 squad that claimed a 2nd-straight A-Sun regular season title.  As a junior, he hit career highs for matches (18) and starts (17), while earning Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team honors.  This season, he started in CU's 0-0 draw with 30th-ranked Furman and played full time in wins over UNC Wilmington, Wofford and Hartford.

SENIOR MF BRIAN URIOSTE (Bethesda, Md.) has played in 51 career matches with 24 starts for the Camels over the last 4 years.  A key figure for the 2008 and 2009 A-Sun regular season champions, Urioste hit career highs in 2010 for appearances (19), starts (17), assists (3) and points (5), while earning A-Sun All-Academic team recognition.  His first career goal was the game-winner last season vs. Appalachian State.  He missed the first 8 games of this year due to injury, but his return has coincided with Campbell's October surge.  He scored in CU's 1-1 draw at Virginia Tech and set up goals in wins over Gardner-Webb and Winthrop.

THE JIM McVEIGH AWARD is presented annually to the freshman men's soccer player who best exemplifies Jim McVeigh's dedication, skill and promise as a player.  A native of Arnold, Md., McVeigh was a freshman on the 1976 team that won the NAIA District 29 championship.  McVeigh lost his life in a tragic automobile accident during the 1976 season.

THE GLEN BREWSTER MEMORIAL AWARD is presented annually to the men's soccer player who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and courage displayed by the late Glen Brewster.  Brewster played on the 1967 team that was a forerunner to Campbell College's nationally-powerful clubs in the late '60s and early '70s.  He was later fatally wounded while serving his country in Vietnam.

VMI NOTES:  The Keydets have been out-scored by a 34-12 margin this year... VMI opened the season with 8 losses before registering its lone win on Sept. 25, a 2-1 decision vs. UNC Asheville... Aaron White, David Rochow and Ricky Siewers have each scored 2 goals to lead the team.

THE SERIES:  The Keydets have won the two previous meetings between the schools, defeating the Camels 3-2 in 2005 at Buies Creek and 2-1 in 2006 at Lexington, Va.

OCTOBER A NIGHTMARE FOR CAMPBELL FOES:  Campbell has compiled a record of 29-7-4 (.775) in its last 40 games during the month of October (including a 5-1-1 mark this season).  In those 40 contests, the Camels have out-scored their foes by an 82-47 margin.

HOME, SWEET HOME:  Since the start of the 2005 campaign, Campbell owns a 38-19-2 (.661) record at the Eakes Athletic Complex -- including 3 wins over nationally-ranked teams at the site.  CU is 3-3-1 at home this year and has won its last three at Eakes.

NEXT:  The Camels conclude the regular season with road games Tuesday at High Point and next Saturday (Nov. 5) at Coastal Carolina.  Gardner-Webb hosts the A-Sun Championship tournament Nov. 10-13.