Goalkeeper Saundra Baron
Nov. 8, 2013
HOUSTON - The East Carolina women's soccer team's 2013 season came to a close in the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship, as the Pirates fell, 5-0, to Colorado College Friday evening at Rice University's Holloway Field.
The defeat was the Pirates' first in their last seven matches, as the squad concludes the season with a 9-9-3 overall record/
Colorado College (14-4-2) lit up the scoreboard for the first time in the ninth-minute on a goal by Kaeli Vandersluis, who corralled an attempted clear off the head of a Pirate defender following a set-piece cross along the far sideline. Vandersluis gained possession of the ball at the top of goal box before lofting a shot into the top left corner of the net.
The Tigers pushed their lead to 2-0 in the 23rd minute after a spin move by striker Sarah Schweiss inside the near side of the ECU goal box gave her a clear angle to the net, before finishing taking a shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar and rolled into the far side of the net.
In the 31st minute, Colorado College's Jessie Ayers made a drive toward the East Carolina net from the far sideline and across the goal box before finishing a left-footed shot into the top left corner of the Pirates' net to extend the Tigers' advantage to 3-0.
ECU could not hold off Colorado College in the second half, as the Tigers added two more goals in the 57th and 72nd minutes to increase their lead to 5-0.