Oct. 24, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer team will close out the regular season Thursday, Oct. 25 when they play host to Marshall at the ECU Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. (ET). The game has been designated as Senior Night and following the match ECU coaches and fans will honor nine seniors with a special ceremony on the field.
The Pirates (9-6-3, 5-2-3) are coming off a 1-1 week where they fell on the road at No. 21 UCF, 7-0, before rebounding and collecting their fifth win in league play at Southern Miss, 3-1. ECU, who has already clinched one of eight spots in next week's Conference USA Championships in El Paso, Texas, currently sits in fourth place with 18 points and can secure the No. 4 seed with a win over Marshall.
Senior Chrissy Gratz leads the team in scoring netting five goals in 16 games, including a pair of road game-winners against UNC Wilmington and UAB. Fellow classmate Hali Oughton and redshirt sophomore Lexi Miller are tied for second on the team with three goals each, while senior Caty Butler and true freshman Kendall Fry have added two.
Oughton notched her fifth career goal (third game-winner) at Southern Miss on a penalty kick in the 12th minute of play. Butler collected her second three-point game of the season as well at Southern Miss scoring her second goal in the 61st minute and picking up her second assist on Gratz' strike in the seventh minute. Redshirt Danielle Romano leads the team with five assists (four off corner kicks) and is tied for 10th in league.
Redshirt junior Christiane Cordero, a three-time C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week selection, leads the Pirates defensively having allowed seven goals in 10 league games for a 0.67 goals against average. The Valencia, Calif. native has recorded seven clean sheets in league play and has a league-best nine on the season. At home, she sports an impressive 0.24 GAA with 32 saves and six shutouts in eight contests.
Senior Maddie Maurer joins Cordero, Oughton and Romano in the Pirate backfield. The quartet of defenders has started all 18 games together and is holding opponents to a 1.09 goals against average.
ECU Tops Marshall 2-1 On Senior Night
Seniors Leah Bagonis and Amanda Malkiewicz collaborated on the game-winning goal in the 58th minute that gave East Carolina (10-6-1, 5-5-0) a 2-1 win over Conference USA foe Marshall (4-12-3, 2-7-2) Thursday night at the ECU Soccer Stadium on what was designated as Senior Night.
ECU vs. Current C-USA Members: 47-39-14
Colorado College: 3-4-1
Southern Miss: 11-0-0
The Herd enters the regular season finale with a 7-10-1 overall record and 3-6-1 in league play ... Marshall and Houston (7-7-3, 3-3-3) are fighting for the final C-USA Championship spot with the Cougars holding a two-point advantage heading into the final weekend ... Marshall would need to defeat ECU and have Houston lose both of its last two matches to Rice (at home) and Southern Miss (road) in order to claim the last spot in next weeks C-USA Championship, which will be played in El Paso, Texas ... Senior Chelsey Maiden and freshman Erin Simmons lead The Herd with six goals apiece and are tied for 10th in the league in scoring ... Maiden also leads the club with 16 points and four assists, while Simmons and freshman Kelly Culicerto each have a pair of assists on the year ... Senior Lindsey Kerns has started all 18 games in net allowing 37 goals (2.01 GAA) with 77 saves and three shutouts in 1700 minutes of work.
Inside the Marshall Series: ECU leads 5-1-1
Oct. 29, 2005 - W, 1-0/2 OT (Away)
Oct. 6, 2006 - W, 5-0 (Home)
Oct. 14, 2007 - T, 0-0/2 OT (Away)
Oct. 31, 2008 - W, 3-2/2 OT (Home) - ECU Clinched C-USA regular season title
Oct. 30, 2009 - W, 1-0 (Away)
Oct. 28, 2010 - L, 1-0/2 OT (Away)
Oct. 27, 2011 - W, 2-1 (Home)
2012 NCAA RPI Report (as of Oct. 22)
Following a 1-1 weekend on the road, the Pirates dropped two spots in the latest RPI Report released by the NCAA on Oct. 22 ... The Pirates posted a 1-2-2 record against the five teams listed above them in C-USA play. 18. UCF
44. Colorado College
84. East Carolina
230. Southern Miss
Cordero's Shutout Streak Snapped At Five Games
Junior Christiane Cordero entered last weekend's action riding a five game shutout streak where she had not allowed a goal in 534 minutes ... But on the road at No. 21 UCF, Cordero and the Pirate defense allowed four goals in the first 12 minutes (seven overall) and dropped its first league game since Sept. 28 (vs. Memphis) ... Cordero's five-game streak is the second-longest in school history behind former All C-USA performer Amber Campbell (seven in 2007).
Cordero Ranked Among National Leaders In Shutouts
Entering this weekend's action, Cordero finds herself tied for fourth nationally with nine shutouts ... As of Monday, Oct. 22, Jordan Day (Texas A&M) leads the country with 11 clean sheets.
Romano Serving It Up
Danielle Romano leads the club and is tied for 10th in Conference USA with five assists through 18 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 on Oct. 9 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).
Looking For Sixth Win In League Play
A win Thursday night will give the Pirates six wins on the season tying for the second most in program history along with the 2001 and 2004 teams ... The school-record for wins came in 2007 when the Pirates posted a 7-0-4 ledger and captured its only regular season title ... ECU currently sits in fourth place in the league standings with 18 points and have posted a 5-2-3 league record.
ECU's Star Shines Bright At Home
The Pirates boast an impressive 5-1-2 record at home recording six shutouts while allowing just 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 21-10 with a 4-5-1 ledger in ten contests.
58-Straight and Counting
Senior Hali Oughton has started 58-straight matches dating back to Oct. 30, 2009 against Marshall ... In 76 career games (74 starts), the Redondo Beach, Calif. native has recorded 18 career points (five 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 ... Last weekend she tallied her third career game-winning strike on a penalty kick at Southern Miss in a 3-1 Pirate victory.
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.