The 2012 season began just as 2011 did for the Fighting Camels, with a weather delay. After two lightning delays and the match concluding two minutes early, Campbell Women's Soccer dropped their exhibition match with Appalachian State 0-2 Thursday.
"There were four weather delays, and that was pretty cumbersome," head coach Todd Clark said. "Overall, the idea of an exhibition is to find out what you're good at and what you still need to work on."
The match was divided into three 30-minute periods. The first period ended scoreless, as senior Ryann Torrero made her first save in the tenth minute, blocking a shot from Appalachian's Julia Holz. The lone shot for the Fighting Camels in the first half came from sophomore Ashley Clark, which missed to the right of the goal.
Campbell picked up on offense in the second period. The Camels tallied four shots, with one on goal in the half. After a corner kick from Clark, fellow sophomore Alexis Prada took a shot that was blocked by the Mountaineers. Seconds later, Clark took a shot that just missed the goal.
One minute later, Clark had the Camels' best scoring opportunity thus far, putting her shot on goal, however Appalachian goalkeeper Jordan Hatton made the save.
Fourteen minutes into the second period, the match was delayed due to lightning. After the break, Torrero notched her second save from a shot by Sonia Sanchez. Campbell redshirt freshman Ashley Hartert took her first career shot for the Camels soon after, missing over the crossbar.
In the 50th minute, Appalachian's Taylor Dunlap broke the tie, bringing the score to 0-1 in favor of the Mountaineers. About one minute later, Appalachian took a two-goal lead after an own-goal from the Fighting Camels.
The team continued to fight in the third period, as sophomore Michelle Procaccini took a shot on goal, but it was saved by Hatton. Procaccini had the final chance for the Fighting Camels, missing over the crossbar.
Campbell finished the game with seven shots, two being on-goal. Torrero tallied two saves on the day.
The Fighting Camels will have a week to prepare for their first regular-season match. They take on East Carolina at 7:00 Friday, August 17 at Eakes Athletic Complex in Buies Creek.