2006 ECU Women's Soccer Outlook
Aug. 21, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. -The 2006 East Carolina women's soccer team coached by Rob Donnenwirth, who is now in his eighth year as head coach, tries to improve on a sub .500 season when they posted a record of 8-12-1 and 4-5-0 in Conference USA. After being seeded 7th in the C-USA tournament, the Lady Pirates went on to defeat second ranked SMU in a first round upset before eventually falling in the second round to Rice.
With five returning seniors Carmen Calpo (Waianae, Hawai'i), Rachel Hils (Columbus, Ohio), Anastasia Nikas (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Mary Puckett (Sanford, N.C.) and Tara Shaw (Malvern, Penn.) on the 2006 squad, Donnenwirth expects his seniors to lead the way for the rest of the team.
Competition in practice is expected to be top-notch with a lot of equally talented players in all positions throughout the field. The extra intensity on the practice field with the upperclassman looking over their shoulder at the surging newcomers will hopefully benefit the Lady Pirates when they take the field in what should be an exciting season.
"We might end up having forward-bycommittee until I see how they play on the field to start the season", said Donnenwirth.
"The question right now that we are looking at is, who should we surround these players with," said Donnenwirth. "Anastasia Nikas is a senior and a very talented player who could help us a lot. Right now she is batting an injury and we hope to get her back on to the field as soon as the doctors allow it." Tara Shaw will also be providing experience to the midfielders this season either on the outside or central midfielder position.
After red-shirting her freshman year, Kelley Hennessey (Charlotte, N.C.) got valuable playing time over the spring and has improved her game from where she was at this point last year. Sherri Moore (Cary, N.C.) is a very athletic athlete who will provide depth in the backfield and competition to both Nicole Moore and Dickerson to make sure they stay on top of their game.
The other two potential goal keepers are freshman Kady Hubschman (Naples, Fla.), who is recovering from an injury and Jen Kurowicki. Kurowicki, a Flemington, N.J. native, is a very talented goalkeeper that will take many awards and trophies with her when she pushes Amber Campbell for the starting job. Kurowicki played for Match Fit Academy when they won the U-23 State Cup Championship.
"Kurowicki is a very talented goalie and extremely athletic," said Donnenwirth. The one thing she lacks right now over Amber is the one year experience."
"Sarah is very versatile, has a very good skill level and possesses excellent fitness," claimed Donnenwirth. "I think she'll be an impact player for us over the course of her collegiate career."
Carmen Calpo (Waianae, Hawai'i) missed last season when she went
back to Hawai'i and could earn a lot of playing time if she continues to
grow. Calpo has the potential to be a playmaker for the Lady Pirates. Jessica
Swanson (Smithfield, N.C.) and Caylin Sandke (Mooresville, N.C.) are very
athletic and with more game experience, they should develop into the player
that they want to become. Jillian Moore (Bexley, Ohio) has the mindset
and composure of an upperclassmen and is an attacking minded player.