Chantale Campbell

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Texas soccer notched another home win Friday, beating Baylor 2-1 on two goals from junior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle to improve to 8-0-1 at home and 10-4-1 overall.

After a scoreless first half, Lachappelle notched two quick goals. Lachappelle’s goals came within two minutes of each other early in the second while Baylor (8-3-3, 1-2 Big 12) couldn’t answer until the 87th minute.

After pressuring the Bears back line and forcing back-to-back corner kicks early in the second half, Lachappelle got her head on a cross from sophomore midfielder/forward Chantale Campbell in the 48th minute. The goal was the first allowed by Baylor on the road since North Carolina beat the Bears in overtime penalty kicks Nov. 18, 2012.

Two minutes later, Lachappelle caught a cross from the right side of the field from senior midfielder Gabby Zarnegar and landed a left-footed shot to put the game away for Texas.

The two scores were Lachappelle’s third and fourth of the season, putting her in a three-way tie for the team lead with junior defender Brooke Gilbert and sophomore forward Kelsey Schimmick. Campbell and Zarnegar are tied with sophomore midfielder Lindsey Meyer for the team lead in assists with four.

Baylor’s only score came from junior forward Natalie Huggins on a rebound that snuck past sophomore goalkeeper Abby Smith. The goal was also the Bear’s only shot on goal in the second half. Overall, the teams managed the same number of shots, with Texas only having one more shot on goal than Baylor.

The Longhorns remain in second place in the Big 12 standings with a 4-0-1 record. They are a half game behind conference leader West Virginia with only two regular season conference matches left. Texas will play Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Friday before returning home to finish the regular season against Oklahoma on Sunday.

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Chantale and Emilie Campbell have always had a knack for staying with each other. From playing on the Canadian national U-17 team to coming to Texas, the identical twins have been nearly inseparable.

“We both knew that we liked soccer a lot more than any sport we played,” Chantale Campbell said. 

Now in their sophomore year, the two are a part of the Longhorns’ success so far this season.

Chantale Campbell has scored three goals and tallied three assists this season while Emilie Campbell has been a strong part of a defense that has given up 11 goals in 14 matches.

“I think their personalities are starting to blossom and we’re starting to see that every week,” head coach Angela Kelly said.

Growing up in London, Ontario, the Campbells took nearly the same route through soccer. Both played on the London City Flash, leading the team to a U-14 Canada National Championship in 2006, and led their high school squad to a gold medal in the 2011 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAAA soccer tournament.

They were also a part of the 2010 Canadian Women’s National Team — Chantale Campbell as a part of the team that won the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football qualifying tournament and Emilie Campbell as a part of the player pool for the team. That’s where Kelly discovered them and brought them to Texas.

“I’m very familiar with the [Canadian] National Team,” Kelly said. “They both caught my attention at the international level.”

But while their road to Texas has been similar, on the pitch, their styles of play couldn’t be more different.

Chantale Campbell, a midfielder and forward, has more of an attacking mindset, which has helped her have a breakout season this year. After having only one assist last year, Chantale Campbell’s three goals this season are tied for second on the team and she’s tied for the team lead with three assists.

“Chantale is great at forward distributing balls out wide for Kelsey [Shimmick] or for any of the other forwards,” sophomore defender Ali Schmalz said.

Emilie Campbell, on the other hand, has always had a defensive mind, something she said goes back to when she was first playing soccer.

“Whenever we would play little games, I was always the one that was going back or going to the back line because I would always be worried that no one’s there to stop the ball or stop them from scoring,” Emilie Campbell said.

While defensive statistics don’t show up in the box score, Emilie Campbell has also had a much stronger season this year than she did last year.

“Emilie has done a great job technically and tactically against some of the best teams in the country and she’s been solid back there in our back line,” Kelly said.

Although she doesn’t know what’s down the road after college soccer, Chantale Campbell said she hopes that her and her sister will continue to play soccer together.

“I just want to keep playing,” Chantale Campbell said. “I don’t know exactly where we’ll try to play, but something like that.”