Soccer Travels To Tulsa
Oct. 9, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the first time since Sept. 18, the East Carolina soccer team (7-3-2, 2-2-0 C-USA) will play an away game, as the team travels to Tulsa, Okla., and Dallas, Texas, for Conference USA contests this weekend. The Pirates take on the Golden Hurricane (5-5-2, 2-2-0 C-USA) at 8 p.m. today and SMU (3-7-1, 1-2-1 C-USA) at 3 p.m. Sunday.
ECU picked up a 3-1 victory over Southern Miss last Friday, but fell to No. 21 UCF 2-0 Sunday. Junior Bailey Wilcox and freshmen Caty Butler and Chrissy Gratz scored the Pirates’ goals Friday. Freshman goalkeeper Berit Hansen made a career-high eight saves Sunday, but the Knights scored twice in the second half to earn the win.
East Carolina has never lost to Tulsa, going 3-0-0. Every game in the series has been decided by one goal. Only the first meeting, in 2005, has not gone into double overtime. The last two contests have ended in 1-0 Pirate victories while the first game was a 3-2 ECU win.
Last season in Greenville, Blair Heffner scored with only four seconds remaining in the second overtime to give East Carolina the triumph. The goal was set up by a corner kick the Pirates received with 15 seconds left. Nicole Moore and Jessica Woodward recorded assists on the score.
Pieces of Eight
Friday’s Good Fortune ...
The trend of non losing Fridays began in 2007. Since the start of that season, ECU has gone 16-1-6 in Friday contests. The only loss during that span was a 2-1 setback at Colorado College Oct. 26, 2007.
On the other hand, since 2007, the Pirates have gone just 11-9-5 in Sunday games.
Hold That Lead ...
Conversely, when the opponent scores first, the Pirates are 1-2-1. The only victory was the season-opening 2-1 triumph over Virginia Commonwealth. The tie came in the Sept. 11 2-2 draw at N.C. State, when the Pirates fell behind 2-0 within the first 25 minutes.
A Balanced Offense ...
Butler On The Board ...