Soccer Set To Open 2012 Season On The Road

UABSPORTS.COM Junior goalkeeper Christiane Cordero
Junior goalkeeper Christiane Cordero

Aug. 16, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer team kicks off the 2012 season Friday night at 7 p.m. (ET) against Campbell on the road inside the Eakes Athletic Complex.

ECU, who posted an 11-8-1 record a year ago and advanced to the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament, welcomes back 20 letterwinners including All Conference USA Tournament selections Christiane Cordero (goal keeper) and Hali Oughton (defender) as well as all-freshman selection Kelley Johnson.

Cordero and Oughton anchored a defense that recorded five shutouts and posted a 1.37 goals against average. As a sophomore, Cordero started 19 games in goal posting an 11-7-1 record, and recording 81 saves. Against UCF in the opening round of the 2011 C-USA Soccer Championships, she notched a season-high 10 saves in the Pirates first-ever win over the Knights, 2-1.

Oughton has been a staple in the Pirate backfield since stepping on campus in 2009. The Redondo Beach, Calif. native has started 56 of 58 career games, which includes 40-straight starts since Oct. 30, 2009. A year ago, she was one of five Pirates to start all 20 games logging over 1,700 minutes on the pitch and played ever minute of 18 games.

Johnson started two of 20 games scoring her first collegiate goal against No. 21 William & Mary.

Other top returning players include seniors Caty Butler (14 career goals), Rachel Fuller (45 starts), Chrissy Gratz (eight career goals), Maddie Maurer (29 starts), Rachel Wechsler (39 starts), along with sophomores Lexi Miller (two goals) and Mackenzie Semerad (one goal).

Also stepping on the pitch are six new faces in junior college transfer Katelyn Custer (Lees McRae) and freshmen Jenny Betz, Jackie Cajigal, Kendall Frey, Kelsie Halstenrud and Haley Patsey.

The Camels, who were picked to finish first in the Big South by the conference head coaches, return nine starters from a squad that posted a 15-5-2 overall ledger and went 7-1-2 in league play. Sophomore forward Ashley Clark led the squad with 11 goals and tallied a team second-best seven assists for 29 points. Also returning is redshirt senior Kirsty Meyer along with her seven strikes and six assists. ECU's offense will be challenged as goalie Ryann Torrero returns for her senior season. Last year she posted a 13-3-2 record with six clean sheets, 102 saves and a 1.04 goals against average.