Freshman Lana Spitler
Sept. 20, 2013
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Playing in its fourth overtime game of the season, the East Carolina women’s soccer team was defeated, 1-0, Friday evening at High Point University.
“I think the team is working hard,” said head coach Rob Donnenwirth. “I think we’re right there in all of our games and now we need to find ways and make plays. They were really good in the air and caused some problems for us with their height.”
After two halves and one 10-minute overtime period did not decide a winner, High Point (2-5) scored on a header by Sarah Sermonet off a Brooke Lisson corner kick just four minutes into the second overtime to give the Panthers the victory.
While field conditions were wet, East Carolina (3-4-2) and High Point fought through a physical first half that saw the Pirates hold a 5-4 advantage in shots, while recording two shots on goal. ECU also owned a 3-0 edge in corner kick opportunities, but the scored stood at 0-0 after the first 45 minutes of play. The scoreless first period was the sixth of the season for East Carolina in its ninth match of the season.
The second half saw the Pirates and Panthers exchange very good scoring chances, but both goalkeepers came up big to keep the game scoreless at the end of regulation. Junior goalkeeper Saundra Baron made four big saves in the period to keep High Point off the scoreboard.
“Saundra is definitely a presence in the goal,” Donnenwirth said. “She’s a good leader as well. She has the ability to make big saves. For us, [taking] 10 corner kicks is something we need to take advantage of."
Both teams recorded 12 shots in the first 90 minutes, while East Carolina owned a 6-4 edge in shots on goal and a 9-4 advantage in corner-kick opportunities.
Freshman Kelsey Reeves led the Pirates with three shots on the evening, while redshirt junior Lexi Miller, junior Kelly Miller and newcomer Caitlin Hite took two shots apiece in the contest.
East Carolina will take a short break before opening its Conference USA schedule next Friday, Sept. 27, when it hosts Colorado College at 7 p.m. The Pirates will then face off against Charlotte on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Both matches will take place at the ECU Soccer Stadium.
“I feel like we’ve been in every game and now we need to get a little hungrier and finish the chances that we have,” Donneiwirth said. “We’re excited to get into conference play.”