August 24, 2011

Camels run past Francis Marion

BUIES CREEK---Ashley Clark continued her dominant early season play on Wednesday evening as Campbell opened the 2011 home slate with a 3-0 victory over Francis Marion at Eakes Athletic Complex. The freshman forward from Cary, N.C. scored her third goal in as many games and also added an assist to become the team's leading scorer with seven points.

Campbell controlled possession in the first half, outshooting the Patriots 12-1. On the final attempt before the half, freshman Michelle Procaccini netted the first goal of her college career by collecting a free ball in the box and putting it in the back of the net at the 44:32 mark to give the Camels a 1-0 halftime advantage.

Senior forward Pirjo Leppikangas would gather her first goal of the season in the 54th minute as she took a cross from Clark, settled the ball in the box and then fired past the keeper's right hand. Caitlin Schneider also assisted on the play.

FMU had more looks early in the second half and posted four of its five shot attempts after the intermission. Tyler King led the Patriot offensive attack with two shots taken.

Campbell would put the game out of reach when Clark converted in the 76th minute, scoring a goal in the third consecutive game to start her freshman campaign. With six shot attempts on the night, Clark has now taken 15 shots on the season.

The Camels improve to 3-0 and will be off for a week while preparing for the Wake Forest Nike Challenge. Campbell returns to the pitch on Friday, September 2nd in Winston-Salem when they take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. Francis Marion falls to 1-2 and will continue its road swing at Radford on Friday evening at 7 p.m.