ECU Drops Conference USA Opener At Colorado College, 2-0

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Sept. 23, 2011

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado College scored two early first half goals and played solid defense down the stretch to claim a 2-0 win over East Carolina Friday night in the Conference USA opener for both schools.

With the win, the Tigers improve to 3-4-2 overall, 1-0 in league play, while the Pirates suffer their first loss since the season opener dropping to 5-2-1 overall and 0-1 in C-USA action.

Jessie Ayers scored her second goal of the season in the 13th minute of play staking the Tigers to an early 1-0 lead. Ayers made a run toward the left post receiving a pass from Kaeli Vandersluis at the 12:14 mark.

CC scored its second goal 17 minutes later when Madison Whitehead took a shot from above the arc to the left post for her second goal of the season putting the Tigers up 2-0.

"Colorado College is a tough team," said head coach Rob Donnenwirth. "We were a step behind them, were not aggressive getting forward and just not good in the first half. In the second half we played better, but you can't play half a game and expect to win."

Despite holding a 13-12 advantage on shots, the Pirates were only able to put five on goal compared to seven by the Tigers. Amanda Malkiewicz led the Pirates with three shots, while Leah Bagonis, Kendall Booth and Kimmy Cummings each added a pair.

Both keepers recorded five saves on the night, while Hanna Berglund notched her third shutout of the season for the Tigers.

The Pirates will continue their opening weekend road trip when they travel to El Paso, Texas to face UTEP on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. (ET).