Charleston, S.C. – The Campbell University women's soccer team will play for the Big South Conference championship on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Blackbaud Stadium against the Radford Highlanders. The team took advantage of Saturday's off day after advancing to Championship Sunday with wins over Gardner-Webb (3-1 victory in quarterfinal) and Winthrop (3-2 win in semifinal) on Thursday and Friday.
Prior to this year, the last time Campbell won a postseason match was 2004, when the Camels won the Atlantic Sun tournament. That season, CU opened the A-Sun tournament with a 1-0 victory semifinal win over Gardner-Webb before winning the title on penalty kicks over Central Florida. The '04 Camel squad dropped a 6-0 decision to #1 North Carolina in the program's only NCAA tournament appearance to date.
This year's club has tied the program's single season wins total, equaling the 1995 team's mark that finished 15-3-3. Ashley Clark (Cary, N.C.) goes into Sunday's match three shots off the single season mark of 99 shots, set by Jenn Stephenson in 1994. Clark is currently tied for fifth on the single season record charts with 11 goals and sixth in total points with 29 points during her freshman campaign.
Pirjo Leppikangas has also been climbing up the single season record lists. The Helsink, Finland native is eighth in goals scored with ten, and tied for seventh in points with 28 points so far this season. Ryann Torrero (Burbank, Calif.) is tied for sixth on the single season charts with 93 saves this season. The redshirt junior goalkeeper has a 1.02 goals against average in 21 matches so far in 2011, a mark that is currently fourth-best among CU keepers.
Campbell will face a Radford team that it squared off against just eight days prior to Sunday's championship. The Camels are 2-3-0 all-time against the Highlanders after taking last Saturday's match 2-1 on Taylor Brown's 88th minute penalty kick goal. RU won two matches during the first two seasons that Campbell sponsored women's soccer in 1992-93. Campbell took a 1-0 decision in Buies Creek on Sept. 21, 2009 before Radford countered with a 1-0 overtime victory on its home pitch last season.
Sunday's champion will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.