Category Archives: Campbell Women’s Soccer

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Campbell University continues to develop its brand across multiple sports, including the vast improvement of facilities like Eakes Athletics Complex, hosting both Campbell Men’s and Women’s Soccer since the modern inception of both programs.

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Genas Soccer Family Continues

Written by: Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor

While Alexa Genas is just starting her Campbell career, soccer is a term that she has been hearing most of her life.

Genas comes from a professional soccer family as her brother, Jermaine, played in the English Premier League for Newcastle from 2002-2005 and Tottenham from 2005-2013. He also played for the English National Team from 2003-2009.

Her father, Dennis, is the Director of Coaching at Elite F.C. located in Albuquerque, N.M. Everywhere she looks, soccer has played a role in forming the Albuquerque native into the striker she has become.

“My brother has given me a lot encouragement and support to keep pushing forward,” said Genas, before adding, “Growing up with him in UK and myself in the United States; it was hard to always have the strongest relationship.”

“But that is one thing that he was always supportive of – whenever I was there in the UK, he would go out and kick the ball around with me.”

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Genas has always had her brothers support even with him living in England. The two of them have shared many moments together for the game they love and Jermaine’s professional career has taken a huge effect on the Campbell forward’s life during her early collegiate experience, making the transition into college much smoother.

“Division-I soccer has pushed me closer to his accomplishments in the sense that playing is not an everyday thing, not everybody does it,” said Genas.

Coaching Genas at the Division-I level is Campbell head coach Stuart Horne, who believes that players like Genas that come from a soccer family live in a different  world compared to the regular soccer player.

“When you get players that have family that has been around the game playing collegiately and beyond; they definitely have a different environment growing up,” said Horne. “Genas coming from a soccer family definitely adds a little something to her, just being around the game for so much has helped her.”

Coming from a soccer-orientated family has helped Genas develop a mature style of soccer, says Horne and Campbell has been another stepping stone for her soccer career as a rising freshman.

“Genas is very athletic and she has good vision on goal,” notes Horne. “The assist she had at the scrimmage against East Carolina (on August 13) was very un-freshman like, she found Nicole Connolly in her second college game.”

Her long-standing background in the game of soccer has paid off on the pitch for the Fighting Camels. On Sept. 26, Genas earned her first collegiate career award as the Come Ready Nutrition Big South Freshman of the Week. During the Camels’ 6-2 win over Presbyterian that week, Genas registered four points.

“It was very humbling receiving the freshman player of the week, and it was nice to be recognized,” said Genas. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the work of the team, and it felt like a team accomplishment then an individual one. It was really exciting and motivating to keep pushing forward.”

Genas and the Campbell Women’s Soccer team returns to action on Saturday against Big South rival Liberty starting at 7 p.m. from Eakes Athletics Complex.

Dual Attacking Players of the Week

Campbell Soccer found its scoring touch over the week as both Gabe Parrish and Christine Kindt won Big South Attacking Player of the Week honors, combining to score four goals in the Fighting Camels recent stretch of home matches.

Gabe Parrish leads the Fighting Camels with five goals this season for the men’s squad that now sits 5-5 on the season and Christine Kindt posts a team-high five goals plus four assists for the second-highest scoring squad in the Big South Conference.

The Fighting Camels return to action this weekend as Campbell Men’s Soccer travels to Liberty on Friday while Campbell Women’s Soccer hosts Liberty Saturday night at Eakes Athletics Complex.

Saturday’s match will be streamed on the Big South Network and fans can follow @GoCamelsMSOC and @GoCamelsWSOC on Twitter and Instagram for the latest.

 

Back on Track

Campbell Men’s Soccer found their scoring touch at Eakes Athletic Complex, flying past Winthrop 4-1 on Thursday night.

Daniel Mukuna gave Campbell the lead for good, 2-1, scoring his second goal in as many matches – the Fighting Camels first win in Big South Conference play.

The Fighting Camels return home this weekend hosting UNC Asheville this Friday at 7 p.m. The match will be streamed live on the Big South Network. Follow @GoCamelsMSOC on Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the season.

Soccer Scoring Tear

Campbell Women’s Soccer heads down to Florida this weekend riding an impressive 3-match win streak, outscoring those opponents 14-1 over the last three matches.

Now averaging 2.71 goals per contest, the Fighting Camels (5-2) are 3-1 on the road. Kine Thorsvik was also named Big South Attacking Player of the Week. Learn more about Campbell’s chemistry on the pitch before Friday’s match at Stetson.

Follow the Fighting Camels all season long @GoCamelsWSOC on Twitter and Instagram plus use the hashtag #theCreekisRising

 

New Faces, New Year for Women’s Soccer

Written by: Matthew Sokol – Campbell blog contributor

The 2016 campaign has started for the Campbell Women’s Soccer squad and there are 12 new faces representing the future. Two of those twelve freshmen, goalkeepers Delaney Beck and Natalya Marcove, hold down the fort between the posts.

Beck, the Bakersfield, Calif. native, played for the South Valley Soccer Club reaching the final four of the United States Club Soccer National Cup. She posted her first appearance for the Fighting Camels on August 10th, recording 19:34 minutes against UNC Greensboro.

“I am trying to stay mentally strong and tuned in, and it is a lot different than club play,” said Beck. “The upperclassmen are always tuned in, and they always give 100 percent.

Beck and Marcove are working together as freshman goalies to better the team. Both goalies are working hard at practice to become better in defending the net.

“Natayla and I are constantly pushing each other to get better,” Beck notes. “We keep each other in check, and it is a friendly competition but it is still a competition.”

The Campbell Women’s Soccer team welcomes 10 freshmen to the fold, in addition to the two goalies on the squad. Five freshman that have earned some early playing time include Alexa Genas, Rosie O’Neal, Callie Beckwith, Sydney Towns, and Kelly Ann Evans.

O’Neal and Evans have both scored one goal and one assist while Genas and Beckwith each earned an assist and Towns has played in four of the first five games. Associate head coach Samar Azem has really worked on getting her goalies acclimated to the college level.

“With freshman goalkeepers, there is a lot of responsibility on their shoulders,” said Azem. “They are learning a new system and a new backline so our goalkeepers job is to protect the team and the players that are in front of them. Part of that is enhanced in the training environment and the level of training we put them through.”

The starting goalkeeper for the Campbell Women’s Soccer squad is freshman Natalya Marcove. The Paso Robles, Calif. native was named All-PAC 8 goalkeeper of the year during her junior and senior seasons in high school along with being team captain.

Campbell Women’s Soccer head coach Stuart Horne has watched his starting freshman goalkeeper progress since the start of the season and notices her steady growth.

“Natalya is doing well, and they are all in the same boat,” said Horne, commenting on the freshmen class. “They are all getting their good and bad moments with everything in-between. She [Natalya] is right on pace, and each game she’s getting more experienced.”

Marcove has recorded five starts for Campbell with three wins under her belt. On August 19, Campbell defeated Davidson, 1-0 along with two more wins against American 4-1 and a 4-0 win over CSU Bakersfield over Labor Day Weekend.

“I am getting used to the faster pace of the game and the goal is to improve the foundation that I have to be the best I can be in net,” said Marcove.

Marcove has a 1.38 goals against average this season, recording 22 saves through five matches. Azem continues to develop her freshman goal keepers during training sessions to foster on field success for the Fighting Camels.

“Natalya and Delaney thrive under pressure, and they both want to be successful,” said Azem. “With that being said, there is definitely a maturing process for them – knowing that on one hand they thrive under that pressure, but on the other hand, they want to be successful quickly and early. The progress is being made, it just is going to take time.”

As freshman goalkeepers, Marcove and Beck are working together to protect the net for the rest of the team. Both players are also working to adjust to the rigors of college soccer.

“As the season progresses, I want to keep on connecting well with the team and maintaining a good bond as a unit,” said Marcove. “I want to make sure that all of our goals are the same. I have been preparing for college play since my junior year of high school and being here at Campbell, it feels like a relief to begin college.”

The Fighting Camels returns to action this Friday at VMI, looking to build on Sunday’s 4-0 shutout against CSU Bakersfield.

Campbell Sports Minute – August 25

For the latest and greatest news of the day for Campbell Athletics make sure to follow our new video series called Campbell Sports Minute, which will be released every Monday-Friday at 12 p.m.

Our opening episode features the Campbell Football Fan Fest, Men’s Soccer season opener this weekend and the Campbell Women’s Soccer undefeated start heading into Alabama.

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