Campbell soccer tops High Point in Big South final

From Campbell University Athletics
Posted 11/15/21

For the second time in three years, Campbell completed a Big South Conference Championship double on its home field Sunday.

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Campbell soccer tops High Point in Big South final

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BUIES CREEK — For the second time in three years, Campbell completed a Big South Conference championship double on its home field Sunday when the Camels defeated High Point, 3-2, at the Eakes Complex.

Kemy Amiche, Bissafi Dotte and Adrian Morales scored first-half goals for the 30th-ranked Camels (15-3-2), who extended their unbeaten streak to 10 matches and won the league tournament title for the third time in four years.

In a rematch of the 2019 final, the top-seeded Camels never trailed, but High Point equalized twice. 

Morales' strike with 50 seconds left in the opening half proved to be the game-winner.

Campbell won its seventh Big South tourney title and third in the last four seasons.  The Camels will travel to Virginia Tech Thursday for a first-round matchup in this year's NCAA College Cup.

"It was a crazy game, not really our best stuff, but credit to High Point, they were a worthy opponent," said Campbell head coach Dustin Fonder.  "We don't have the bodies we had at the start of the year, but we were scrappy and up for a final."

Senior midfielder George Bediko, who has been a part of five Big South trophy winners since 2018, was named tournament MVP and joined on the all-championship team by Amiche, Dotte and Daniel Hernandez. 

In CU's 7-0 win over Winthrop in the semifinal round, Hernandez scored three times, while Amiche provided a goal and three assists.

Midfielder Kyoji Hata, who was making his second straight start in place of injured Big South Offensive Player of the Year Tyler Young, went down with a hamstring injury in the eighth minute. 

Right back Franck Momo, the preseason Big South Defensive Player of the Year, left after 53 minutes with a leg injury.

"We had championship composure," said Fonder.  "We made a mistake and gave a goal, but we answered back.  We made another mistake and gave up a goal, but answered again.  Championship mentality is what drove us today because our quality wasn't there, but that mentality is what carried us through."

Two weekends after the league's top two teams played to a scoreless draw in High Point, the Camels and Panthers combined for five goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Amiche gave Campbell an early lead when he collected a loose ball at the top of the High Point area and lobbed a shot over keeper Holden Trent for his seventh goal of the year.

High Point (8-7-3) answered just over eight minutes later on MD Myers' powerful header.  That goal ended a 617-minute shutout streak for Rodriguez, who had not conceded since the first half of a 3-1 win over Longwood on Oct. 13.

In the 35th minute, Jake Morris sent a corner kick into the box that Diego Konincks headed off the right post, but Dotte was in position to slot home his second of the season.

Just 3:20 later, High Point was level again after a scramble in the box.  Myers' shot was cleared, but Alessandro Sobacchi beat the Camels to the ball inside the six-yard box for his first goal of the year.

In the final minute of the first half, Morris cut back at the top-right edge of the box and squared a pass along the box to Morales, who curled a right-footed shot past a wall of Panther defenders and into the left side of the net.

The Camels finished with a 14-12 edge in shots.  Rodriguez made two saves, while Trent had six stops in the High Point nets.

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