Charleston, S.C. – Campbell University scored three first half goals en route to a 3-1 win over Gardner-Webb (6-8-5) on Thursday in the quarter-final round of the Big South Conference women's soccer tournament. Annabelle Gibney (Melbourne, Australia) had a breakout performance for the Camels, scoring two goals and assisting on one other in the victory.
Campbell (14-4-2) got on the board just over eight minutes into the contest, with Taylor Brown taking a corner kick from Gibney and heading home her second goal of the season on just her second shot of the year.
Gibney continued her solid offensive play, scoring at the 21:04 mark off a deflected shot to give the Camels a 2-0 lead. Just before halftime, the senior collected a free ball, dribbled past two defenders and put the ball into the back of the net for her fifth point of the evening.
Gardner-Webb did not let up in the second half, having a good opportunity less than ten minutes into the half when Megan Reimer had a turnaround shot that was saved by Ryann Torrero. The Runnin' Bulldogs got on the scoreboard with 23:42 remaining in regulation, with Ele Margelos scoring off an assist from Reimer.
"I felt like this tournament is super tight, so for us to win, relatively easily, against a talented team like Gardner-Webb is great," head coach Todd Clark said after the match. "I thought we played excellent up front, scoring three goals and having a few more opportunities that their keeper and defenders made great plays on."
"For our first game back in the Big South tournament in 17 years, I was very pleased with our defensive pressure. Now we have to go out and do it all over again tomorrow night against either Winthrop or Charleston Southern."
Campbell will play at 7 p.m. on Friday evening against Winthrop University. The Camels defeated the Eagles 4-1 on Oct. 1 in Rock Hill, S.C.