Campbell Women’s Soccer Chosen First in Big South Preseason Poll

Campbell accepts the runner-up trophy (courtesy of Todd Drexler/
Campbell accepts the runner-up trophy (courtesy of Todd Drexler/

For the first time as a member of the Big South Conference, the Campbell women's soccer team was chosen first in the annual preseason poll, announced Monday by the league office. The preseason rankings are voted by the league's head women's soccer coaches.

Head coach Todd Clark is optimistic about the upcoming season. "I think the fact that coaches chose us as the top team in the preseason poll is probably a nod to the fine work our players did in 2011, as well as some guess work as to how we might be in the coming months," said Clark. "I think we will be a very good team again in 2012 but we still have a lot of work ahead of us if we want to live up to this recognition."


The Fighting Camels received four first-place votes and 132 of a possible 144 points in the voting. In 2011, Campbell finished third in the regular season and was the Big South Championship runner-up. The team finished 7-1-2 in the regular season and 15-5-2 overall, the most wins for the team since 1995.

"As great as it is to be recognized in the early part of the campaign we are really striving to be there at the end and hopefully take the next step to represent the BSC in the NCAA tournament," Clark said. "With the great teams in this league, that would certainly be a tremendous accomplishment because there are some great coaches and players in the Big South."

The 2012 Big South women's soccer season begins Friday, Aug. 17, with 10 teams in action.  Campbell will play an exhibition match with Appalachian State Aug. 9, and will begin the regular season against ECU in Buies Creek Aug. 17. The Big South Women's Soccer Championship will feature the top eight teams in the final standings and will begin Saturday, Oct. 27 with Quarterfinal matches at campus sites.  The semifinals and finals will be held at Winthrop University the weekend of Nov. 2-4.