Soccer Travels To The Lone Star State For Two Games

UABSPORTS.COM Junior goalkeeper Christiane Cordero
Junior goalkeeper Christiane Cordero

Oct. 5, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer team will close out its four-game road trip this weekend, traveling to a the Lone Start State to face Houston (Oct. 5/8 p.m. ET) and Rice (Oct. 7/2 p.m. ET) and looking to improve on its 3-1 record in Conference USA action.

Last weekend the Pirates (7-5, 3-1) lost to No. 25 Memphis (2-0) and picked up a much-needed win at UAB (1-0), equaling its second-best start in C-USA history.

Senior Chrissy Gratz and redshirt sophomore Lexi Miller lead the Pirates with three goals and are tied for the team lead with freshman Kendall Frey with two game-winning strikes. Gratz netted the Pirates' lone goal of the weekend scoring in the 22nd minute at UAB on a pass from senior Rachel Wechsler, her first assist of the season.

Junior Pirate keeper Christiane Cordero recorded her fifth clean sheet of the season at UAB, which leads all goalies in league play. The Valencia, Calif. native recorded four saves and lowered her goals against average to 1.25 on the season. The shutout against the Blazers was the 12th of her career and pushed her career win total to 27.

The Last Meeting
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October 23, 2011
Greenville, N.C.
Pirates Tame Cougars For Third-Straight C-USA Win, 2-0
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Caty Butler and Amanda Malkiewicz each netted goals and Christiane Cordero posted her fifth shutout of the season as East Carolina (9-6-1, 4-5-0) captured its third-straight Conference USA win over the season defeating Houston (6-11-1, 3-6-1), 2-0, Sunday afternoon at the ECU Soccer Stadium.

The Last Meeting
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October 21, 2011
Greenville, N.C.
ECU Tops Rice, 3-1, In Conference USA Action Friday Night
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Seniors Kimmy Cummings and Amanda Malkiewicz combined to score three unanswered goals lifting East Carolina (8-6-1, 3-5-0) to a 3-1 over Rice (9-6-2, 4-4-1) Friday night in Conference USA action at the ECU Soccer Stadium.

Scouting Houston
The Cougars are coming into this weekend with a 4-5-2 overall record and are 0-1-2 in Conference after suffering their first conference loss this past Friday to No. 10 UCF. The Knights came out shooting and got an early 2-0 lead. Houston came out of the half ready to work and got off some good looks, but it wasn't enough and UCF would hold on for the victory. Junior keeper Cami Koski got the loss, despite having a career-high 13 saves on the game.

In the second match of the road trip, Houston was to face off with Southern Miss, but due to inclement weather in the area the match-up was postponed and rescheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 28 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Scouting Rice
The Rice soccer team, 6-5-2 overall and tied for second place in the Conference USA standings with a 3-1 league record, is back home this weekend. The Owls play host conference foes Marshall (6-6, 2-2) and East Carolina (7-5, 3-1) on Friday and Sunday (Oct. 5-7), respectively.

Sophomore goalkeeper Amy Czyz has been sound-and-solid in 13 starts this season. So far Czyz has maintained an .813 save percentage and an 1.09 goals-against average. The California native is ranked 34th in the nation among the current NCAA leaders in goalkeeper minutes (1,151). The NCAA ranks four statistical categories for goalkeepers, including minutes, goals-against average, saves, and saves-percentage. Czyz is the only C-USA keeper to rank in all four categories.

ECU vs. Current C-USA Members: 45-37-12
Colorado College: 3-4-1
Houston: 7-2-0
Marshall: 5-1-1
Memphis: 0-11-2
Rice: 5-2-0
SMU: 3-4-1
Southern Miss: 10-0-0
Tulsa: 5-1-0
UAB: 2-3-4
UCF: 1-7-2
UTEP: 4-2-1

Inside the Houston Series: ECU leads 7-2-0
Sept. 23, 2001 - W, 1-0 (Home)
Nov. 6, 2002 - W, 2-0 (Neutral - C-USA Championships)
Sept. 28, 2003 - W, 3-2 (Away)
Oct. 2, 2005 - W, 1-0 (Away)
Oct. 19, 2007 - W, 3-0 (Home)
Sept. 28, 2008 - W, 1-0 (Away)
Sept. 27, 2009 - L, 2-1 (Home)
Oct. 15, 2010 - L, 2-1 (Away)
Oct. 23, 2011 - W, 2-0 (Home)

Inside the Rice Series: ECU leads, 4-2-0
Sept. 30, 2005 - L, 3-0 (Away)
Nov. 4, 2005 - L, 2-0 (Houston, Texas/C-USA Championship)
Oct. 21, 2007 - W, 1-0 (Home)
Sept. 26, 2008 - W, 2-0 (Away)
Sept. 25, 2009 - W, 1-0 (Home)
Oct. 17, 2010 - W, 2-1 (Away)
Oct. 21, 2011 - W, 3-1 (Home)

Romano Serving It Up
Danielle Romano leads the club and is tied for seventh in Conference USA with four assists through 12 matches ... The redshirt sophomore has become a dangerous weapon for the Pirates on corner kicks serving up three game-winning assists (all on corners) ... She need just three more assists to crack the school's single-season top five.

Pirates Ranked No. 10 In Central Regional
Following its second-best start in Conference USA history the East Carolina soccer team is ranked No. 10 in the Central Region, according to a release Monday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA) ... The Pirates are one of five teams from C-USA to be ranked in the Central Regional ... UCF is the top-ranked team followed by Big-12 members Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Texas Tech. Memphis checks in at No. 7, while fellow C-USA members Colorado College (eighth) and Rice (tied for 10th) are also represented. Stephen F. Austin rounds out the list at No. 9.

Cordero Named C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week
The Valencia, Calif. native, who was also named College Sports Madness C-USA Player-of-the-Week, recorded a pair of shutouts last weekend against UTEP and Colorado College to help the Pirates to their first 2-0 start in league play since the 2008 season ... Cordero tallied 11 saves on the weekend playing all 180 minutes in goal and recorded her third and fourth clean sheets of the year ... Against UTEP, she stopped all five shots she faced in a 1-0 victory ... She followed that with six saves in another 1-0 win, snapping Colorado College's five-match win streak.

ECU's Star Shines Bright At Home
Early on this season, the Pirates boast an impressive 5-1 record at home recording four shutouts, allowing two goals ... Their lone loss came at the hands of instate foe Charlotte back on Sept. 3, 1-0 ... In six games, ECU has outscored its opponents 8-2 at the ECU Soccer Stadium ... On the road, they have been outscored 11-3 with a 1-3 ledger.

52-Straight and Counting
Senior Hali Oughton has started 52-straight matches dating back to Oct. 30, 2009 against Marshall ... In 68 career games (66 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.