Pirates Earn Draw With Colorado College, 0-0
Oct. 17, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina soccer team faced its stiffest Conference USA test of the season on Friday afternoon, as second-place Colorado College invaded Bunting Field. However, no one could find the back of the net as the two teams played to a scoreless draw. The Pirates move to 10-3-2 overall and kept sole possession of first-place in the league with an unblemished 5-0-2 mark. The Tigers saw their record pushed to 10-4-2 on the season and 4-2-1 in conference play.
Senior Blair Heffner had a glorious chance to put ECU ahead in the fifth minute. Freshman Kendall Booth took a long run down the left side of the pitch and slipped an accurate through ball to Heffner that beat Tiger keeper Caitlin Hulyo, but it was just too far ahead of her as Heffner slammed the ball off of the left post and out of bounds. The squads matched each other stride for stride for the remainder of the half as play hunkered down into the middle third of the field.
The Pirates outshot Colorado College 7-5 in the stanza while also committing more fouls, four as compared to the visitors' one. Hulyo made five saves for her side while East Carolina keeper Amber Campbell turned in four.
The Pirates received two corner kicks in the second half, but could not connect on them while both teams limited their opponent to just four shots. Hulyo made two saves in the final 45 minutes of regulation while Campbell was forced to make just one stop.
With time winding down in the second overtime session, freshman Amanda Malkiewicz found herself with the ball at the top of the box and a clear look on goal for the potential game-winner, but her shot sailed just high, leaving the game scoreless.
Campbell produced her eighth shutout of the season, making seven saves. The clean sheet is also a school-record 29 for the senior. Fellow seniors Madison Keller and Heffner were the two ECU players that had multiple shots with two each.
"That was a great game between two good teams," head coach Rob Donnenwirth explained. "It would have been nice to finish a chance or two in the final third but our opponent could say the same thing. You can't really fault our ladies for their effort today, considering the high caliber of opponent they faced."
The Pirates close out a four-game C-USA homestand on Sunday when UTEP comes to Greenville for a crucial contest. Match time at Bunting Field is scheduled for 12 noon.