Soccer Heads To No. 21 UCF and Southern Miss

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True freshman Haley Patsey

Oct. 18, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer team will hit the road for its final Conference USA weekend series traveling to No. 21 UCF (Friday, Oct. 19) and Southern Miss (Sunday, Oct. 21). Riding a C-USA best five game unbeaten streak, the Pirates will look to stay atop the league standings where they are in a three-way tie with UCF and Memphis (15 points).

The Pirates (8-5-3) are coming of a pair of double-overtime scoreless ties at home against SMU and Tulsa. In eight league games, the Pirates own a 4-1-3 ledger with seven shutouts and have allowed just two goals (both to Memphis), while scoring six.

Senior forward Chrissy Gratz leads the team in scoring netting four goals in 14 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 seventh in the conference.

Redshirt junior Christiane Cordero, a three-time C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week selection, leads the Pirates defensively allowing just a pair of goals in eight league games for a .23 goals against average. The Valencia, Calif. native has recorded seven clean sheets in league play and has a league-best nine 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 16 games together and is holding opponents to a 0.90 goals against average.

The Last Meeting
East Carolina2
(4) UCF1
November 2, 2011
Memphis, Tenn.
ECU Advances To Semifinals With 2-1 Win Over UCF
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Kimmy Cummings and Amanda Malkiewicz each scored goals on a pair of Jessica Abshire assists to lead fifth seed East Carolina (11-7-1) to a its first-ever win over fourth seed UCF (11-4-5) Wednesday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex during the first round of the 2011 Conference USA Championships.

The Last Meeting
Southern Miss0
East Carolina3
October 7, 2011
Greenville, N.C.
Pirates Shutout Golden Eagles On The Pitch, 3-0
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Senior Amanda Malkiewicz scored two goals and classmate Kimmy Cummings added another pacing East Carolina to a 3-0 win over Conference USA foe Southern Miss Friday night at the ECU Soccer Stadium.

ECU vs. Current C-USA Members: 46-38-14
Colorado College: 3-4-1
Houston: 8-2-0
Marshall: 5-1-1
Memphis: 0-11-2
Rice: 5-2-1
SMU: 3-4-2
Southern Miss: 10-0-0
Tulsa: 5-1-1
UAB: 2-3-4
UCF: 1-7-2
UTEP: 4-2-1

Scouting UCF
UCF (11-4-1, 5-3-0) split a pair of road games last week falling to Colorado College (2-1) in double-overtime, but rebounded with 1-0 shutout against UTEP to remain atop the league standings (currently tied for third) ... The Knights, who are ranked No. 21 by NSCAA and No. 24 by Soccer Times, are led by a pair of seniors in Nicolette Radovcic (9 G, 1A, 19 Pts.) and Tishia Jewell (4 G, 4 A, 12 Pts.) ... Junior keeper Lianne Maldonaldo sports an impressive 0.70 GAA with 47 saves and four shutouts - all ranking among the league leaders ... UCF will play host to Marshall (Oct. 21) before closing out the season on the road at Southern Miss (Oct. 26).

Inside the UCF Series: UCF leads 7-1-2
Sept. 24, 2000, T, 0-0 (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Oct. 14, 2005, L, 3-1 (Away)
Oct. 13, 2006 - L, 2-1 (Home)
Oct. 7, 2007 - L, 1-0/2 OT (Away)
Nov. 7, 2007 - L, 2-0 (C-USA Tournament)
Oct. 5, 2008 - T, 1-1/2 OT (Away)
Oct. 4, 2009 - L, 2-0 (Home)
Sept. 24, 2010 - L, 5-3 (Away)
Oct. 9, 2011 - L, 2-0 (Home)
Nov. 2, 2011 - W, 2-1 (C-USA Tournament)

Scouting Southern Miss
The Golden Eagles (4-9-1, 1-6-0 C-USA) are riding a three-game losing spell and enter the weekend with only one goal in their last two games ... Junior forward Danica Roberts has five goals this season to lead a Southern Miss team that has found the net only 16 times in 14 games.

Inside the Southern Miss Series: ECU leads, 10-0-0
Sept. 30, 2001 - W, 2-1 (Away)
Sept. 21, 2003 - W, 4-0 (Home)
Oct. 17, 2004 - W, 2-1 (Home)
Oct. 16, 2005 - W, 2-1/2OT (Away)
Oct. 15, 2006 - W, 2-0 (Home)
Oct. 5, 2007 - W, 2-1 (Away)
Oct. 3, 2008 - W, 2-0 (Away)
Oct. 2, 2009 - W, 3-1 (Home)
Sept. 26, 2010 - W, 4-1 (Away)
Oct. 7, 2011 - W, 3-0 (Home)

2012 NCAA RPI Report (as of Oct. 8)
Following a pair of double-overtime ties against SMU and Tulsa over the weekend, the Pirates jumped five spots in the latest RPI Report released by the NCAA on Oct. 15 ... Of the five teams listed above the in C-USA play, ECU owns a 1-1-2 record and plays 21st-ranked UCF this Friday night. 21. UCF
50. Colorado College
53. Memphis
56. SMU
81. Rice
82. East Carolina
94. Tulsa
122. Houston
172. UTEP
190. Marshall
197. Southern Miss
266. UAB

Pirates Receiving Votes In Central Regional Poll
For the fourth-straight week, the East Carolina women's soccer team is listed among the top teams in the Central Regional ... After spending the last two weeks at No. 9 in the NSCAA poll, the Pirates dropped out after a pair of double-overtime ties at home against SMU and Tulsa ... Baylor of the Big-12 remains in the top spot in the Central Regional poll followed by West Virginia and Texas Tech ... UCF comes in at No. 4 with fellow league members Rice and Colorado College sitting in the fifth and sixth spots ... Rounding out the Top-10 are Kansas, Stephen F. Austin, Oklahoma State and Memphis.

Cordero Extends Shutout Streak To Five Games
Junior Christiane Cordero is in the midst of the second-longest shutout streak in school history having authored five in a row, seven in eight league games and nine on the season ... Heading into Friday night's action, she has not allowed a goal in 535:53 minutes (span of six games, five shutouts), which ranks as the second-longest streak behind Amber Campbell's 765:56 minute streak back in 2007 (span of nine games, seven shutouts) ... Campbell also holds the school record with seven consecutive clean sheets and 30.0 for her career.

Cordero Ranked Among National Leaders In Shutouts
Entering this weekend's action, Cordero finds herself tied for third nationally with nine shutouts ... As of Monday, Oct. 15 are Jordan Day (Texas A&M) and Emma Newins (Georgetown) both have 10 clean sheets to lead the country.

Romano Serving It Up
Danielle Romano leads the club and is tied for seventh in Conference USA with five assists through 16 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 needs 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 Three-Time C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week
Back on Sept. 24 Cordero earned the first of her three 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) ... Last week she added her second-straight league honor after posting two more shutouts at home against SMU (tie) and Tulsa (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 4-1-3 ledger through eight 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 eight games the Pirates have recorded seven shutouts and currently sits in a tie in a three-way tie for third with No. 21 UCF and Memphis (15 points) and are four points back of league leader Rice and one back of second place Colorado College.

ECU's Star Shines Bright At Home
The Pirates boast an impressive 5-1-2 record at home recording sox shutouts and have allowed two goals ... Their lone loss came at the hands of instate foe Charlotte back on Sept. 3, 1-0 ... In eight home 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.

56-Straight and Counting
Senior Hali Oughton has started 56-straight matches dating back to Oct. 30, 2009 against Marshall ... In 74 career games (72 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.

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.