Campbell adds seven to soccer program

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BUIES CREEK – Head coach Doug Hess has announced the addition of seven players from across the country and world to the Campbell University men’s soccer roster.

The recruiting class includes three players from North Carolina, two from Texas, one from Colorado and one from New Zealand.Four of the seven signees – Jackson Ferrell, Mitchell Cardenas, Justin Smith and Patrick Tinucci – play for U.S. Soccer Development Academy club programs .

“We are very pleased with the quality of this class of student-athletes,” said Doug Hess, who is entering his eighth year as head coach of the Fighting Camels. “They bring a host of soccer abilities, as well as the commitment and competitiveness needed to be successful as both a student and athlete. Our program has been very fortunate to bring in groups of impacting young players over the last several years and I suspect this group will be much of the same when all is said and done.”

A native of Whitby, New Zealand, Andrew Bailey enrolled at Campbell in January and practiced with the squad during the spring season. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound goalkeeper was a standout for his club teams. In 2007, he was named player of the year for PN Marist, while he claimed young player of the year honors in 2008 for YoungHeart Manawatu.

Jackson Ferrell joins the Fighting Camels from the highly successful Fayetteville Academy program, which won two North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships and finished as runner-up twice during his four-year career. He is the son of two former Campbell athletic standouts – Tony Ferrell (who played on Campbell’s nationally-ranked men’s soccer teams in the mid-70s) and Laura Bolton Ferrell (a women’s basketball letter winner from 1973-77).

At Fayetteville Academy, Ferrell was coached by former Campbell goalkeeper Andrew McCarthy. During Ferrell’s prep career, his teams posted a 67-11-4 won-lost-tied record and won the state titles in 2005 and 2008, while finishing as runner-up in 2006 and 2007. Ferrell scored 25 goals and assisted on 14 others as a senior and finished his career with 58 goals and 65 assists. He was a two-time all-state selection, while earning all-Cape Fear region recognition on three occasions and all-Cape Fear Independent Conference notice all four years.

In addition, Ferrell was a standout on the 91 Olympic Development Program (ODP) State and Region III teams. He led the North Carolina state team to a runner-up finish at the 2008 ODP National Championship that was coached by Hess. As a member of the Region III ODP team, in 2007 and 2008, Ferrell was named to the 2008 Disney Showcase all-tournament team. He also played with the region squad in the 2007 and 2008 Adidas International tournament in Argentina.

Ferrell also plays alongside fellow Camel recruit Justin Smith with the U-18 CASL Chelsea USSF Academy team, where he is coached by former Camel standout Rusty Scarborough. Together they claimed the 2008 Disney Showcase Division Championship this past winter in Orlando. Their team has already clinched the Atlantic Division Championship and will be the top seed for the Southern Conference in the USSF Academy playoffs at the end of June in Greensboro.

Mitchell Cardenas was a three-time all-district selection at College Park High School. As a senior, Cardenas scored 20 goals and set up 11 others while earning district and county MVP honors. He also was named to the all-district and all-country first teams and second-team All-Greater Houston. His four-year high school career totals include 52 goals and 40 assists.A resident of Spring, Texas, Cardenas also plays club soccer for the Texas Rush AHFC AS Monaco U-18 Academy. His father, Alejandro Cardenas, played professionally for 17 years, including a stint with Pumas of Mexico.

A product of Raleigh, Ben Iiames joins the Camels from Broughton High School, which won two state championships during his prep career. Over Iiames’ final two seasons, the Caps garnered a 47-3-2 overall record, including a 28-0-1 mark in 2007 when Broughton won its second-straight 4-A crown.

As a senior, Iiames earned all-conference and all-region honors for the 19-3-1 Caps after scoring 11 goals and adding nine assists for the Cap-7 Conference champions. In addition to his high school career, Iiames played for Hess on the 90 CASL Elite club team. After a second place finish in the NCYSA Premier Division, they captured the 2009 NCYSA State Cup Championship in May and will be participating in the USYSA Region III Championships in Frisco, Texas this June.

In addition to his club team responsibilities with U-18 CASL Chelsea USSF Academy team, Justin Smith helped lead Green Hope High School to runner-up finishes in the Tri-Eight 4-A Conference race in each of his three varsity seasons. A three-time all-conference selection, the mid-fielder helped guide the Falcons to three-straight state playoff appearances.

Forward Keegan Terry of Carrollton, Texas is the third sibling from his family to play Division I soccer. His older brother, Kevin, played at A-Sun rival Lipscomb (2004-2007), while his sister Kaili will be a red-shirt junior this fall at Campbell, where she earned A-Sun all-freshman team honors in 2006. His soccer family also includes his father, Kevin, who played collegiately at Cleveland State and professionally indoors for the Cleveland Cobras before becoming a FIFA and MLS referee.

During his prep career at Hebron High School, Keegan Terry earned all-district honors in each of his final three seasons. As a senior in 2009, he was a first-team all-district pick for the second-straight year and also gained a spot on the TASCO all-state academic team. Terry also is a member of the Dallas Texans Red 91 club team that clinched the Region III Premier League West Championship with an undefeated record and has qualified for the USYSA Region III Championships in Frisco, Texas.

Keeper Patrick Tinucci from Denver, Colo., helped lead the Colorado Rush Nike to the 2008 U17B state cup championship and a quarter-final appearance at the Region IV Championships in the summer of 2008. He is now the starting goalkeeper for the Colorado Rush AS Monaco U18 Academy team. Currently, his Rush team sits atop the Frontier Division of the Central Conference in USSF Academy play and will compete in the playoffs in Greensboro at the end of June.

The 2009 recruiting class joins a Fighting Camel program that concluded the 2008 season with a 14-6-0 (.700) overall record as well as its first-ever year-end national ranking and highest South Region rating in the program’s Division I era.Soccer America ranked the Camels number-25 in its final 2008 poll, while CU was rated third in the always-tough South Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.Over the past four years, Campbell has won two A-Sun regular season championships (2005, 2008), one A-Sun tournament title (2007), and made the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Division I College Cup (2007).

The Camels have been ranked in the South Region in each of the last four seasons and have compiled a 50-25-6 overall record (.654). The Camels also own the best A-Sun regular season record (25-4-4, .818) of all league members since the start of 2005.

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One Response to “Campbell adds seven to soccer program”

  1. Fredrick Mezzinni Says:

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