Szilard's First Goal Of Season Not Enough In 2-1 Loss
GREENVILLE, N.C. -
The East Carolina women's soccer team lost to UNC Wilmington in a tight, exciting match at Bunting Field on Friday afternoon. Kelly Renkin scored both goals for the Seahawks who as a team, put pressure on the offensive side of the ball all afternoon.
Trailing 1-0 heading into half-time, the Pirates came out with an extra jump in their step during the second half. Amy Szilard scored her first goal of the season in the 51st minute of play when she crossed up the defender and then shot it in the lower right corner of the net. Sarah Kirkley got her fourth assist on the season and team leading eighth point.
UNCW (5-1-0) managed to take the lead in the 70th minute when Renkin shot it over the leaping Campbell for the game winner. ECU (4-3-0) had their scoring opportunities as the game neared completion. Sarah Kirkley had a breakaway opportunity with 15 minutes to play but a great job by Seahawks goalkeeper Jamie Balzarini broke it up. Balzarini came dashing out of the net and slid right before the ball, which was near the outside of the box as Kirkley fired into Balzarini's stomach.
The Lady Pirates would get one more chance when they had a free-kick with .11 seconds remaining. Nicole Moore was positioned roughly 30-yards in front of the net when her kick nicked the post on the right-side and headed out of bounds.
"The Seahawks took advantage of all the opportunities and we did not," said head coach Rob Donnenwirth. "We need to keep our composure a little better on the field. We had opportunities throughout the game and even into the final seconds."
East Carolina will be home again on Sunday at 1 p.m. as they face Pennsylvania (2-0-1) in another non-conference match.