Oct. 11, 2012
ECU vs. SMU (Live Stats) l ECU vs. SMU (Video)
ECU vs. Tulsa (Live Stats) l ECU vs. Tulsa (Video)
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer returns home after four-straight road games and will play host to SMU (Friday, Oct. 12) and Tulsa (Sunday, Oct. 14) at the ECU Soccer Stadium. Winners in five of its last seven games, including a 4-1-1 record in Conference USA action, ECU will look to improve on its 5-1 record at home.
The Pirates (8-5-1) are coming off a 1-0-1 week after defeating Houston, 3-0, on the road and drawing even with the Owls in a double-overtime scoreless tie.
Senior forward Chrissy Gratz leads the team in scoring netting four goals in 12 games, including a pair of road game-winners against UNC Wilmington and UAB. Redshirt sophomore forward Lexi Miller has tallied a team second-best three strikes with two game-winners (High Point and UTEP) and fellow classmate defender Danielle Romano leads the team with five assists (four off corner kicks) and is tied for sixth in the conference.
Reining C-USA and Soccer News Net National Women's Player-of-the-Week junior keeper Christiane Cordero leads the Pirates defensively allowing just a pair of goals to No. 25 Memphis in six league games for a .33 goals against average. The Valencia, Calif. native has recorded five clean sheets in league play and has a league-best seven on the season.
Joining Cordero and Romano as members of the Pirates' stellar backfield are seniors Maddie Maurer and Hali Oughton (2 G, 1 A), along with true freshman Haley Patsey. The quartet of defenders has started all 14 games together and is holding opponents to a 1.05 goals against average with seven shutouts.
ECU vs. Current C-USA Members: 46-38-12
Colorado College: 3-4-1
Southern Miss: 10-0-0
SMU (6-6-2, 2-2-2) split a pair of road games last week falling to Southern Miss (2-0) but rebounded to hand No. 8 UCF its second loss in Conference USA action, 2-1 ... Rikki Clark scored her team-leading third goal of C-USA play against UCF ... Lauryn Bodden posted seven saves in SMU's upset over No. 8, setting a new career-high and a season-high for any Mustangs goalkeeper in 2012.
Inside the SMU Series: SMU leads 4-3-1
Oct. 23, 2005 - L, 2-0 (Home)
Nov. 2, 2005 - T, 0-0/2OT (Neutral - C-USA Championships, advanced on PKs)
Oct. 22, 2006 - L, 1-0 (Away)
Oct. 12, 2008 - W, 2-1 (Home)
Nov. 5, 2008 - W, 1-0 (Neutral - C-USA Championships)
Oct. 11, 2009 - L, 2-1 (Away)
Oct. 1, 2010 - L, 1-0 (Home - played at SAS Park, Cary, N.C.)
Oct. 16, 2011 - W, 1-0 (Away)
Tulsa (7-5-2, 2-3-1) also split a pair of road games last weekend dropping a 2-0 decision to No. 8 UCF before rebounding for a 3-2 win at Southern Miss ... Camille Pelley, Raven Tatum and Lindsay Kirch each tallied a goal against the Golden Eagles, while Bradi Hinch, Claire Hulcer and Pelley all earned assists. Katie Bykowski played against USM and earned two saves, while Hayley Harryman recorded the full 90 minutes in goal against the Knights and had nine saves ... Claire Nicholson leads the team with five goals, while Pelley, Stephanie Aitken and Rebecca Handley each have four strikes.
Inside the Tulsa Series: ECU leads, 5-1-0
Oct. 21, 2005 - W, 3-2 (Home)
Oct. 20, 2006 - W, 1-0/2 OT (Away)
Oct. 10, 2008 - W, 1-0/2 OT (Home)
Oct. 9, 2009 - W, 1-0 (Away)
Oct. 3, 2010 - W, 2-1 (Home - played at SAS Park, Cary, N.C.)
Oct. 14, 2011 - L, 1-0 (Away)
2012 NCAA RPI Report (as of Oct. 8)
Heading into this weekend's action, the Pirates rank No. 87 in the latest RPI report released by the NCAA on Oct. 8 ... Of the five teams listed above them in C-USA play, ECU owns a 1-1-1 record with games against SMU Friday night and 16th-ranked UCF on the road on Oct. 16.
53. Colorado College
87. East Carolina
183. Southern Miss
Pirates Ranked No. 9 In Central Regional
For the second-straight week, the East Carolina women's soccer team is ranked among the top 10 programs in the Central Region according to the National Coaches Association of America (NCSAA), sharing the ninth spot in the polls with Colorado College and Rice ... Baylor of the Big-12 moved up to No. 1 in the Central Regional poll following UCF's loss SMU on Sunday dropping the Knights to No. 3. West Virginia comes in at No. 2, followed Kansas (No. 4), Texas Tech (No. 5), Memphis (No. 6), Oklahoma State (No. 7) and Stephen F. Austin (No.8).
Romano Serving It Up
Danielle Romano leads the club and is tied for sixth in Conference USA with five assists through 14 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 two more assists to crack the school's single-season top five.
Cordero Named National Player-of-the-Week
Junior keeper Christiane Cordero picked up the Pirates' first-ever nationally weekly award when she was tabbed Soccer News Net Women's National Player-of-the-Week after helping ECU to a 1-0-1 week, which included a pair of shutouts ... Cordero 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.
Cordero Two-Time C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week
Back on Sept. 24 Cordero earned the first of her two C-USA Player-of-the-Week honors after recording back-to-back home shutouts against UTEP and Colorado of College ... The Valencia, Calif. native became the first two-time C-USA Player-of-the-Week honoree on Monday, Oct. 8 after she picked two more shutouts during the Pirates 1-0-1 road trip to Houston (win) and Rice (tie).
Second-Best Start In C-USA History
The Pirates are off to their second-best start in school history in Conference USA history posting a 4-1-1 ledger through six games ... Back in 2008 they started league play 5-0-1 through six matches and finished the season with a 7-0-4 record and claimed the regular season title ... In six games the Pirates have recorded five shutouts and currently sits in a tie for second place with Rice (13 points) in the league standings and are two points behind leader Memphis.
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 13-7 with a 3-4-1 ledger in eight contests.
54-Straight and Counting
Senior Hali Oughton has started 54-straight matches dating back to Oct. 30, 2009 against Marshall ... In 72 career games (70 starts), the Redondo Beach, Calif. native has recorded 16 career points (four 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.
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.