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Campbell Begins Play In The Colonial Athletic Association In 2023

The Fighting Camels Were Annually A Frontrunner For The Big South Regular Season And Tournament Titles.

Coach – Dustin Fonder – 9th season
Conference – Colonial Athletic Association
2022 Record – 11-4-5 overall, 6-1-1 in conference
2022 National Ranking – Not Ranked
Five Year Win Total
2022 -11
2021 – 15
2020 – 8
2019 – 17
2018 – 9
Key Departures

Tyler Young – Midfielder – Named Big South Offensive Player of the Year in 2021 and 2022. Played in 49 games with 41 starts over three seasons. Had 18 career goals and 21 career assists. Led Big South Conference and ranked 16th nationally with nine assists during 2022 season. Selected in second round of 2023 MLS SuperDraft with the 36th pick by Atlanta United. Big South All-Freshman selection in 2020. Big South First Team selection in 2021 and 2022.

Moses Mensah – Defender – Big South Conference 2022 Defensive Player of the Year. A four-year starter who appeared in a total of 73 games with 72 starts. A four-time Big South Conference First Team selection. Had one career goals and 13 career assists. Chosen 74th overall in the third round of the 2023 MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake. Four-time All-South Region selection.

Kemy Amiche – Midfielder – A two-year starter who appeared in a total of 28 games with 26 starts. Had 10 career goals and 14 career assists over two seasons. Had seven goals with 11 assists in 2021 and three goals with three assist in 2022. Missed a good portion of the 2022 season due to injury. A two-time All-South Region and First Team All-Big South Conference selection. Named to College Soccer News All-Freshman Team in 2021. Former French U17 National Team captain. Signed contract with Nashville SC of Major League Soccer.

Jalen James – Forward – A multi-year starter who played in a total of 60 games with 49 starts over five seasons. Had eight goals with three assists during 2022 seasons. Had 20 career goals and eight career assists. A First Team All-Big South Conference selection in 2022 and 2020. Big South All-Freshman Team selection in 2019. His season was limited in 2021 and 2018 due to injury. Signed with Lexington SC of USL 1 in January 2023.

Daniel Hernandez – Forward – Played in 20 games with 15 starts in 2022. Scored four goals and contributed seven assists during 2022 season. All-Big South Conference 2022 Second Team selection. Appeared in 18 games with 13 starts with nine goals and one assist during 2021 season. Appeared in a total of 47 games with 33 starts during three seasons at Campbell during which he scored a total of 15 goals and nine assists. Transferred to Campbell in 2020 from Central Methodist where he was an NAIA All-American in 2018 and 2019.

Diego Konincks – Defender – A three-time All Big South First Team selection and stalwart center back. A Co-captain. Appeared in a total of 50 games with 49 starts. Had seven career goals and five career assists. Transferred to Campbell from Midland in 2020 where he was a starter as a freshman in 2019.

Edu Rodriguez – Goalkeeper – Played in and started 36 games over three seasons at Campbell. Started 13 games in 2022 with a 0.81 goals against average and .778 save percentage. Had four solo shutouts in 2022.
2023 Outlook

Campbell makes the move from the Big South Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association in 2023 with a void to fill due to the departure of a very talented and productive group of seniors as well as Kemy Amiche who departed early to enter the professional ranks.

A conference title and berth in the NCAA Tournament have shifted from a hope to an expectation at Campbell under head coach Dustin Fonder. Campbell departs the Big South Conference with only three loses in their last 42 regular season and tournament contests against conference foes. The Fighting Camels won the Big South Conference regular season title in 2019, 2021 and 2022 and the tournament title in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

The move to the CAA will not change expectations at Campbell. The Fighting Camels eyes will continue to be focused on a conference title and berth in the NCAA Tournament. The departures are not likely to result in massive slippage but the loss of so many key pieces could create a learning curve that will hinder Campbells chances of a CAA title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2023.

The Fighting Camels had an explosive offense last year powered by Kemy Amiche (9g, 5a), Jalen James (8g, 3a), Tyler Young (5g, 9a), the Big South Offensive Player of the Year in 2021 and 2022, and Daniel Hernandez (4g, 7a). Players who were responsible for 31 of the 42 goals Campbell scored last year are gone, along with defender Moses Mensah, the Big South 2022 Defensive Player of the Year and a four-year starter, defender Diego Konincks, a three-time All-Big South First Team selection, and goalkeeper Edu Rodriguez who were key ingredients in a stout Campbell defense that had a Big South best 0.90 goals against average in 2022.

Bissafi Dotte, a four-year starter who was the 2021 Big South Defensive Player of the Year, returns for his fifth season to anchor the backline. The return of Dotte along with defenders senior Tiago Lopes, a 2022 All-Big South Second Team selection, redshirt junior Owen Mikoy who missed the 2022 season due to injury, senior Daniel Osei-Tutu who was a starter last year, and goalkeeper Sean Ellis who had seven starts last year provides reason for optimism that the defense will again be solid. Freshman netminder Samy Slimi will also be in the hunt for the starting job in goal. Carson Pina who appeared in 13 games with two starts and sophomore Jack Sias who saw action in five contests are among other returning defenders who will challenge for additional minutes in 2023. Solid play on the defensive side of the ball could help buy time for new faces on offense to settle in and a revamped offense to jell.

However replacing the firepower that midfielders Amiche and Young and forwards James and Hernandez provided won’t be easy. Redshirt senior midfielder Kyoji Hata (2g, 8a), a 2022 All-Big South First Team selection, fifth-year senior midfielder Angel Bacho (0g, 2a) and forwards sophomore Adrien Gameiro (2g, 3a), a 2022 All-Big South Freshman Team selection, and senior Gerard Broussard (3g, 2a) look to be among returning players who are candidates to help fill the void that exists on the offensive side of the ball. Sophomores forward Ethan Roberts (1g, 0a) and midfielders Jorhan Chopin and Ioannis Moros are among other returning players who will seek to play a greater role in 2023.

Midfielders Tai Reece-Chisholm, a junior transfer from Tyler Junior College, Curtis De Leon, a junior transfer from UAB, and Adam Yousfi, a sophomore transfer from Monroe College who joined the program in the spring are among experienced newcomers with the potential to add an additional dimension and stability to the attack. Freshmen forwards Sam Roberson and Marco Wright are goal scorers with the potential to add punch to the attack sooner rather than later depending on their ability to make the transition to the college game.

Hofstra, the 2021 and 2022 CAA Champions, UNCW and Elon look to be the frontrunners in the CAA heading into the 2023 campaign. Campbell hosts Hofstra but travels to face in-state foes UNCW and Elon in rivalry type contests that take on a greater significance now that Campbell is a member of the CAA.

The Fighting Camels will again be a very competitive team in 2023 and will make their presence known in the CAA but personnel losses on offense create a rebuild that will likely limit their ceiling. If their offense comes close to matching last year’s performance the Fighting Camels could surprise but more likely than not Campbell is a year away from contending for the CAA title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Tai Reece-Chisholm – Midfielder – A junior transfer from Tyler Junior College where he appeared in 18 games last year with 12 starts. Scored six goals including four game-winners and contributed seven assists during 2022 season. Played in 25 games over two seasons with a total of seven goals and nine assists.

Curtis De Leon – Midfielder – A junior transfer from UAB where he appeared in 30 games with 26 starts over two seasons. Played in 16 games in 2022 with 13 starts contributing one goal and five assists. Played with Trinidad and Tobago U17 National Team in 2019.

Adam Yousfi – Midfielder – A sophomore transfer from 2022 NJCAA National Champion Monroe College where he appeared in 14 games with five starts as a freshman. Scored four goals and contributed three assists in 2022 at Monroe.

Steve Johnson-Fikula – Defender – Manchester, England – Trinity School. A left footed defender who played in and started 18 games for Daytona State during 2022 season.

Samy Slimi – Goalkeeper – Boulogne-Billancourt, France – Played for Paris 13 Atletico and Paris FC II.

Teva Lossec – Defender – Lesneven, Bretagne, France – Lycee La Croiz Rouge – Played club soccer for State Brestois 29.

Sam Roberson – Forward – Glen Allen, Virginia – The Steward School – Two-time State Player of the Year at the Steward School. Scored 31 goals with 21 assists during the 2022 season. Played club soccer for Richmond Strikers. ECNL All-Region selection.

Marco Wright – Forward – Gastonia, North Carolina – Gaston Day School – Scored 97 career goals over four seasons at Gaston Day School. 2022 High School Boys Golden Boot Award Winner. 2022 and 2021 North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team. Played club soccer for Charlotte Independence.

Jake Roberts – Defender – Huntersville, North Carolina – Hopewell High School – Played club soccer for Charlotte Independence. Played in 2023 ECNL National Selection Game.

Samuel Valencia – Midfielder – Roswell, Georgia – Roswell High School – Two-time All-Region selection at Roswell High School. Played club for NASA Top Hat ECNL. Team captain.
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