August 26, 2012

Gaez tally lifts Campbell past Houston Baptist 1-0

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Ricki Gaez scored in his second-straight match and Campbell defeated host Houston Baptist 1-0 Sunday afternoon.

The Camels (1-0-1) completed their two-match road trip unbeaten following Friday night's 1-1 draw at 16th-ranked SMU.  Gaez' second half strike at SMU drew Campbell level.

On Sunday, Gaez scored the game's lone goal in the 81st minute after he controlled a pass from Mitchell Cardenas.  A senior from Mexico City, Cardenas became the 30th player in the 50-season history of Campbell men's soccer to reach 50 career points (14 goals, 22 assists).

Gaez has already doubled his goal-scoring output of 2011 (1), doing so on six shots (4 on target) through two matches.

Junior keeper Ethan Hall made seven saves while registering his first shutout of the season.  Houston Baptist keeper Zach Harwerth finished with seven stops.

HBU dropped to 1-1-0 despite holding a 17-13 edge on shots.  Campbell had eight shots on goal, compared to 7 for the Huskies.

"I'm certainly proud of our boys," said Campbell head coach Steve Armas.  "It was great to get two results on the road to open the season.  Now, we must prepare again for two challenging opponents in the coming week with UNCW and Elon."

Campbell hosts UNC Wilmington Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.