East Carolina Soccer Meets FIU, FAU

UABSPORTS.COM Freshman Caitlin Hite
Freshman Caitlin Hite

Oct. 17, 2013

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Match #15: East Carolina (4-8-2, 1-4-0 C-USA) vs. Florida International (5-8-0, 3-2-0 C-USA)
Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.
Miami, Fla. – FIU Soccer Stadium
Series Record: 
East Carolina leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: 
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Match #16: East Carolina (4-8-2, 1-4-0 C-USA) vs. Florida Atlantic (2-8-4, 0-2-3 C-USA)
Sunday, October 20 at 1 p.m.
Greenville, N.C. - ECU Soccer Stadium
Series Record: 
East Carolina leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: 
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GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina women’s soccer team will look to snap a three-game skid this weekend with a pair of Conference USA matches against Florida International on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., in Miami, Fla., and Florida Atlantic on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m., at the ECU Soccer Stadium.

At Sunday's game against FAU, the ECU Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be collecting canned food items at the stadium entrance prior to the match. Fans donating two or more cans will receive free admission.

Sunday will also be Scout Day, where Girl Scouts and their guests can purchase $1 tickets. There will be a post-game sportsmanship and life skills clinic in addition to pictures and an autograph session for Scouts.

The Pirates suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Marshall last Sunday, but had some positive notes from a few players. Redshirt junior midfielder Lexi Miller and junior striker Stephanie Seagrave each registered three shots in the contest, while redshirt sophomore midfielder Lexi Herring played a season-high 50 minutes. East Carolina was also welcomed by the return of sophomore midfielder Kelsie Halstenrud, who played 24 minutes off the bench in her first action of the season.

With just five games remaining in the regular season, ECU has six players who have started all 14 contests. That list includes Miller, Seagrave, goalkeeper Saundra Baron, midfielder Kelley Johnson, and defenders Caitlin Hite and Haley Patsey.


Redshirt junior striker Lexi Miller was named to the Preseason All-Conference USA Players to Watch List prior to the start of the season.

Freshman defender Caitlin Hite has played every minute in 12 of the Pirates’ 14 matches during her first campaign. Included in that total are four double-overtime games.

The Pirates have one of the younger starting lineups in the conference, as multiple freshmen have routinely been in the starting lineup. ECU started a season-high five newcomers Sept. 6 against UNCW.

Six East Carolina players, juniors Skylar Poole and Kelly Miller and freshmen Caitlin Hite, Lana Spitler, Jenna Geist and Kelsey Reeves, have scored their first-career goals during the 2013 season.

While the first half has produced a combined seven goals between ECU and its opponents, the Pirates have scored 11 of their 15 goals in the second half of games this season.

-Florida International enters Friday’s match winners in three of its last four matches, which includes back-to-back, 3-2 overtime victories on the road at Louisiana Tech and UAB.

-The Panthers are led by Ashleigh Shim, who rank first on the team in goals (6), points (12), shots (25), shot percentage (.240), shots on goal (13) and game-winning goals (3).

-Despite their recent success, FIU is being outscored, 29-18, and outshot, 204-145, by its opponents this season.

-Florida Atlantic has registered three scoreless ties in its last five matches, the latest coming last Sunday against Old Dominion at home.

-The Owls are led by Claire Emslie, who leads the team in goals (3), points (7), shots (31) and shots on goal (13).

-FAU has not won since defeating Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 10-0, back on Sept. 15.