The Campbell University men’s soccer team is set to take on UNC Greensboro in a spring exhibition match on Saturday, April 9 to benefit The Children’s Heart Foundation and the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund. The contest will take place at Macpherson Stadium at Bryan Park in Greensboro, the site of the 2015 Big South Conference Men’s Soccer Championship.
The Camels and the Spartans will be squaring off at 2:30 p.m. as part of a quadruple header featuring eight Division I men’s soccer programs from the state of North Carolina. Tickets to the event are $5 and include admission to all four contests with a portion of sales going directly to the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund.
Urso is a 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina and helped lead the Tar Heels to four consecutive NCAA Men’s College Cup appearances. He was selected by the Columbus Crew in the first round (No. 10 overall) of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. After appearing in six games for the Crew in 2012 before being sidelined by injury, Urso passed away suddenly at the age of 22 from an Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy on August 5, 2012.
In partnership with The Children’s Heart Foundation, the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund sponsors an annual grant focused on the prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of cardiac heart defects and sudden cardiac death in youth. Donations to the fund will be accepted at the event and merchandise will be available.
“We are excited to continue our spring season this weekend against a strong opponent in UNC Greensboro,” said second-year Campbell head coach Dustin Fonder. “The Kirk Urso memorial match is a special event and we are thrilled to be able to help support such a worthy cause. We would like to invite everybody to the match to not only support our team, but also this great organization.”
Campbell finished with a 10-9 record in 2015 to claim its first winning campaign in three seasons. CU is led by reigning Big South Attacking Player of the Year Bradley Farias, who led the league with 15 goals last season. UNCG is coming off an 11-5-5 season. Photo courtesy GoCamels.com