Junior goalkeeper Christiane Cordero
Oct. 8, 2012
IRVING, Texas - For the second time in three weeks, East Carolina junior keeper Christiane Cordero was named Conference USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Cordero posted a pair of shutouts helping the Pirates (8-5-1, 4-1-1) to a 1-0-1 week to remain tied for second place in the league standings with Rice and two points behind C-USA leader Memphis.
The Valencia, Calif. native tallied 19 saves over the weekend, playing all 200 minutes in the box, and recorded her conference-best seventh clean sheet of the year. Against Houston, she stopped all seven shots she faced in a 3-0 victory and followed that with a career-best 12 saves against Rice in a double-overtime scoreless tie.
In six league games she has allowed just two goals (both to league-leader Memphis) and has recorded five shutouts and 38 saves posting a 0.33 goals against average. Cordero has started all 52 career games played in goal for the Pirates, logging 238 saves with 14 shutouts.
Also Monday afternoon, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its weekly regional rankings and the Pirates moved up one spot in the Central Regional into a three-way tie for ninth place with fellow C-USA foes Colorado College and Rice. Baylor sits in first followed by West Virginia, UCF, Kansas, Texas Tech, Memphis, Oklahoma State and Stephen F. Austin.
The Pirates will be back on the pitch Friday, Oct. 7 when they play host to SMU at the ECU Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. (ET).