Soccer Ranked 13th In Southeast Region
Sept. 30, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After posting two shutouts to begin conference play, the East Carolina soccer team has garnered a No. 13 Southeast Region ranking, according to a release by Soccer Buzz, the exclusive collegiate publication for women's soccer. The squad currently holds the top position in the C-USA standings in addition to the regional ranking.
The ranking is the highest for the Pirates (7-3-0, 2-0-0 C-USA) since 1999, when they were ranked 10th going into the final week of the season. That team would go on to finish 11-5. It is also the first week since September of the 2006 season that the program has earned a ranking, as on Sept. 7, the squad was ranked No. 14.
North Carolina and Duke are ranked first and second in this week's poll, respectively, both with 9-1-1 records. Other North Carolina schools appearing in the Southeast Region poll include Wake Forest (No. 5), N.C. State (No. 9), Charlotte (No. 11) and UNC Greensboro (No. 12). UNC Wilmington, which East Carolina downed 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 5, is receiving votes in the poll.
A solid defensive effort has been key in the Pirates' success this season. Seniors Madison Keller and Amber Campbell have both been recognized by Conference USA as Defensive Players-of-the-Week. Additionally, Campbell has broken the school career record for shutouts and goalkeeper minutes. She also eyes the career saves mark as the Frederick, Md. native is just 31 behind Amy Horton.
ECU remains away from home for its next match, continuing a four-game C-USA road trip with a contest at Southern Miss on Friday. The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Southern Miss Track and Field and Soccer Complex.