ECU Hosts UTEP Friday Night In C-USA Opener

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Maddie Maurer
Senior Maddie Maurer

Sept. 20, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer team opens Conference USA play this weekend hosting UTEP (Friday, 7 p.m. ET) and Colorado College (Sunday, 12 noon ET) at the ECU Soccer Stadium.

The Pirates (4-4) are coming off a 2-1 road win at instate rival UNC Wilmington and look to carry that momentum into league play this weekend, where the own a 3-1 record at home.

Sophomore Stephanie Seagrave and senior Chrissy Gratz (game-winner) each scored goals against the Seahawks pushing their tallies to two along with redshirt sophomore Lexi Miller. True Freshman Kendall Frey and senior Hali Oughton also have strikes on the season accounting for eight of ECU's nine goals. The Pirates were credited with a goal at High Point on an own goal.

The Last Meeting
East Carolina2
September 25, 2011
El Paso, Texas
Pirates Fall To Miners On The Road, 3-2
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Katie Dorman scored her third goal of the season in the 65th minute to lift UTEP to a 3-2 win over East Carolina Sunday afternoon at University Field in Conference USA action.

The Last Meeting
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Colorado College2
September 23, 2011
Colorado Springs, Colo.
ECU Drops Conference USA Opener At Colorado College, 2-0
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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.

Redshirt sophomore Danielle Romano leads the club with three assists, while fifth-year senior Rachel Fuller and sophomore Kelly Miller have added a pair. Oughton, along with fellow classmate Katlin Povich and redshirt junior Brittany Batts have added assists during non-conference action.

While the opposition is accounting for 1.62 goals per game, ECU's defense is much better than those numbers indicate. Eight of its 13 goals allowed on the year have come on the road in losses at Notre Dame (five goals) and South Carolina (three).

The Pirates have posted two shutouts while keeping three other squads to just one goal. ECU has relied on junior Christiane Cordero to handle all the goalkeeping duties thus far, compiling 24 saves in 723 minutes of work.

UTEP enters the weekend sporting a 7-2 overall record and have won its last three matches by a score of 6-1.

Tess Hall has been on a tear since the onset of the campaign. She leads C-USA in assists (six) and points (16) while sharing the top spot for goals (five). Hall is among the best in the nation as well, checking in ninth for assists per game, 39th in points per game and 96th in goals per game.

Three other players are helping the Miners attack in Azia Nicholson (4G, 3A), Jade Babcock (3G, 3A) and Mackenzie German (4G, A). In addition to Hall, Skye Schultz (four), Nicholson (three), Babcock (three) and Tori Martyn (three) are among the team leaders in assists.

Defensively the Miners have posted three shutouts while keeping three other foes to just one goal. The 1.11 goals against average are good enough for fifth amongst all C-USA schools.

Just like her counterpart, Sarah Dilling has played every minute of every match, allowing her to rank tied for the league lead in shutouts at three. The sophomore has compiled 30 saves while posting a .750 save percentage.

ECU vs. Current C-USA Members: 42-36-12
Colorado College: 2-4-1
Houston: 7-2-0
Marshall: 5-1-1
Memphis: 0-10-2
Rice: 5-2-0
SMU: 3-4-1
Southern Miss: 10-0-0
Tulsa: 5-1-0
UAB: 1-3-4
UCF: 1-7-2
UTEP: 3-2-1

Inside the UTEP Series: ECU leads 3-2-1
Oct. 27, 2006 - W, 2-0 (Home)
Oct. 28, 2007 - T, 1-1/2OT (Away)
Oct. 19, 2008 - W, 2-1 (Home)
Oct. 18, 2009 - L, 2-0 (Away)
Oct. 22, 2010 - W, 1-0 (Home)
Sept. 25, 2011 - L, 3-2 (Away)

Inside the Colorado College Series: Colorado College leads 4-2-1
Oct. 29, 2006 - W, 2-1 (Home)
Oct. 26, 2007 - L, 2-1 (Away)
Oct. 17, 2008 - T, 0-0/2OT (Home)
Nov. 7, 2008 - W, 2-1/OT (Houston, Texas)
Oct. 16, 2009 - L, 1-0 (Away)
Oct. 24, 2010 - L, 3-2 (Home)
Sept. 23, 2011 - L, 2-0 (Away)

48-Straight and Counting
Senior Hali Oughton has started 48-straight matches dating back to Oct. 30, 2009 against Marshall ... In 66 career games (64 starts), the Redondo Beach, Calif. native has recorded 14 career points (three goals, eight assists) ... Against Davidson, she collected a career-best three points scoring the game-winning goal (second career) and assisting on Chrissy Gratz' goal in the 59th minute of action.

First Career Starts
Sophomore Kelly Miller became the third Pirate to record her first collegiate start on the season ... The Zionsville, Ind. got the start against Charlotte (9/3) recording one shot (on goal) ... A pair of true freshmen made their first collegiate starts in the first two matches of the 2012 season ... Haley Patsey got the start in the season opener at Campbell (8/17) playing every minute in the Pirate backfield ... Kelsie Halstenrud made her first start against ODU (8/22) in the home opener.

Collegiate Debuts
Along with Halstenrud and Patsey, fellow classmates Jackie Cajigal (vs. Davidson), Kendall Frey (vs. Campbell) and Lexi Herring (vs. Davidson) all made their collegiate debuts this season ... Frey logged 32 minutes of action and recorded a shot on goal, while Cajigal and Herring did not record any statistics.

First Career Goals
Frey netted her first collegiate goal against ODU (8/22) in the home opener ... In the 70th minute of play, Danielle Romano served a pass to Kelly Miller, who then sent a center pass from the right that Frey headed into the right side o the goal for the would-be game-winner ... Stephanie Seagrave scored her first goal against Davidson (8/31) on a corner kick in ECU's 3-0 victory ... Once again Romano was credited with an assist sending a ball into the box, where Seagrave headed the ball past the keeper.