Hitch leads Campbell past Presbyterian 21-12

Erica Hitch
(Will Bratton photo)
Erica Hitch (Will Bratton photo)

CLINTON, S.C. – For the second game in a row, Campbell produced a record offensive performance, scoring 21 goals and adding 10 assists to defeat Presbyterian 21-12 Saturday afternoon. Erica Hitch led the Camels with a career-high six goals and two assists.

Maddy Dolinar was active on both sides of the ball, recording two goals, eight ground balls, six draw controls, and two caused turnovers.

The team's 31 points surpassed the highest in school history recorded Wednesday against Saint Mary's with 30. Campbell's 21 goals was also the highest total against a Big South opponent in the Camels' two-year history.

Rebecca Sheinfeld put Campbell (7-7, 2-3) on the board 13 seconds after the opening draw, and Hitch scored her first less than three minutes later to give CU the early 2-0 lead.

The Blue Hose (4-11, 0-5) answered with three-straight goals in less than 90 seconds, grabbing the 3-2 lead seven minutes into play.

Hitch kicked off a four-goal run for the Camels, and the team never trailed again. She netted two in 26 seconds before Maddy Dolinar and Cloey Henchcliffe each notched one to give CU a 6-3 lead with 19:12 left on the clock.

Maddie Seiloff broke up the sprint, tallying PC's fourth goal with less than 14 minutes to go before the break.

In the following eight minutes, the Camels went on a five-goal tear to go up 11-4 as seven minutes remained in the half. Henchcliffe scored twice in the burst and Taelar Errington, Sheinfeld, and Dolinar each added one.

Once again, the Blue Hose ended the run with a Bonnie Corrigan goal at the 4:54 mark.

Campbell used a seven-goal rally spanning both halves to take the 13-goal lead, its largest of the game. Kaki Armiger and Hitch both put two past keeper Bridget Hogan and April Reinhart and Taelar Errington notched one apiece, while PC committed an own goal. Reinhart's goal gave Campbell the 18-5 lead two minutes into the second half.

Presbyterian used a five-score run of its own cutting the Campbell lead to 18-10 with 14 minutes to go.

The game was scoreless for the following six minutes before Sheinfeld and Errington scored back-to-back to extend the CU advantage to 10 at 20-10 with 6:13 remaining.

PC scored twice in the final four minutes, while Hitch tallied her final goal, and the Camels took their second league win of the season 21-12.

Campbell had the advantage in shots (36-23), ground balls (28-21), and draw controls (21-14). The Camels only committed 17 turnovers to PC's 27.

CU goalkeeper Brittany Kincer recorded two saves in 30 minutes, while Merredith Bechler saved one in the second half.

The Camels close out their regular season at High Point at 6 p.m. Monday.