2011 Senior Class
Oct. 27, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer team will make its final push to secure one of the final two spots in the 2011 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championships Thursday night when they play host to Marshall at 7 p.m. (ET). Tonight's game has been designated as "Senior Night" and following the match, eight players will be recognized for their contributions to the ECU program.
The Pirates (9-6-1, 4-5-0) are riding a three-game winning streak in league play after starting the C-USA season 1-5-0. A trio of upperclassmen in Caty Butler, Kimmy Cummings and Amanda Malkiewicz have led the way during the streak that has moved the Pirates into eighth place in the league standings with two games remaining.
Both Butler and Cummings netted goals over the weekend pushing their season totals to team-best eight goals, while ranking second in Conference USA. Butler scored the game-winner against Rice in a 2-0 victory, her second of the season, while Cummings posted her second multi-goal game of the season against Houston tallying a pair of scoring strikes in a 3-1 win over the Cougars. Malkiewicz has continued her stellar play of late having scored a goal in each of the Pirates' last three games, which has included a pair of game-winners (SMU and Rice). On the season she has six goals, five of those have been against C-USA opponents.
In goal, sophomore keeper Christiane Cordero picked up her fifth shutout of the season (seventh career) last Sunday against the Cougars. On the weekend, she stopped 10 shots playing all 180 minutes and allowing one goal. This season she has allowed 20 goals in 16 starts, and has posted a 1.25 goals against average with a .759 save percentage. Nine of her 63 saves came against No. 21 William & Mary, a season-high for the Valencia, Calif. native.
The Herd (4-11-3, 2-6-2) had been hoping to squeeze into the C-USA Tournament with a win in this game, but even then would have still needed help from other results around the league. Unfortunately, those results haven't fallen Marshall's way, and the squad will now look to ride the leadership of seniors Katie Ball, Angela DeSumma, Freya Holdaway, and Megan Tabler for the last time into what will be the final game of 2011.
Marshall is fresh off a clutch, 1-0 win over the visiting Rice Owls last Sunday in a contest that saw DeSumma score the game's only point. She continues to lead the team in goals this season, with five, and is followed most closely by fellow senior Freya Holdaway's two strikes. Desumma will also be looking to turn provider in this match, as one more assist will give her sole possession of first place in the Marshall record books for career assists.
Inside the Series: ECU leads, 4-1-1
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) - Clinched C-USA regular season title
Oct. 30, 2009 - W, 1-0 (Away)
Oct. 28, 2010 - L, 1-0/2 OT (Away)
Against C-USA Members: 40-34-12
Colorado College: 2-4-1
Southern Miss: 10-0-0
C-USA RPI Report
Heading into the final weekend of play against Marshall and UAB, the Pirates rank among the Top 70 in the NCAA's current RPI Report, which was released on Oct. 26. Below is a look at where the Pirates stand with all 12 C-USA schools:
68. East Carolina
72. Colorado College
255. Southern Miss
Playing Top 25 Teams
Back on Oct. 9, the Pirates played their fourth nationally ranked team of the season (all at home) when they fell to No. 24 UCF, 2-0, at the ECU Soccer Stadium. It marked the first time in school history that ECU played four matches against a Top 25 team in the same season. Below is a look at how they have fared against the top teams in the country this season:
8/19/11 vs. No. 21 South Carolina (L, 4-0)
9/11/11 vs. No. 21 William & Mary (T, 2-2/2OT)
10/2/11 vs. No. 6 Memphis (L, 2-0)
10/9/11 vs. No. 24 UCF (L, 2-0)
Bulter and Cummings Having Magical Years
With two games remaining on the 2011 regular season schedule, junior Caty Butler and senior Kimmy Cummings are both in the midst of their best collegiate seasons ... Both share the team lead with eight goals, while Cummings holds a slim lead in the points department with 20 (Butler 19) ... Butler earned C-USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors (8/29) after scoring both goals against UNCW, 2-0, in the new ECU Soccer Stadium, while Cummings became the first Lady Pirate to record a hat trick since 2004 with her three-goal performance at Old Dominion (8/21) ... Here is a look at where they stand on the single-season charts in points and goals:
1. Amanda Duffy - 32 in 19 games (2001)
2. Amanda Duffy - 28 in 21 games (2002)
3. Kim Sandhoff - 27 in 19 games (2000)
4. Meghan McCallion - 26 in 21 games (2002)
5. Meghan McCallion - 25 in 19 games (2004)
** Kimmy Cummings - 20 in 16 games (2011)
** Caty Butler - 19 in 16 games (2011)
1. Amanda Duffy - 14 in 19 games (2001)
2. Amanda Duffy - 11 in 21 games (2002)
t3. Kelly Gray - 10 in 19 games (2000)
t3. Meghan McCallion - 10 in 19 games (2003)
t3. Meghan McCallion - 10 in 19 games (2004)
t3. Kim Sandhoff - 10 in 17 games (1998)
** Kimmy Cummings - 8 in 16 games (2011)
** Caty Butler - 8 in 16 games (2011)
Bagonis Is Among C-USA's Best
Senior forward Leah Bagonis has dished out a team-best six assists so far this season, which is tied for second in Conference USA. The Wallingford, Pa. native also stands 100th nationally in assists per game (0.38 apg) and is one shy of moving into a tie for fifth place on the school's single-season charts.
Record Watch (Top-5)
1. Meghan McCallion - 39 in 80 gms. (2002-05)
2. Amanda Duffy - 33 in 74 gms. (1998-02)
3. Kim Sandhoff - 27 in 71 gms. (1997-00)
t4. Amanda Malkiewicz - 23 in 76 gms. (2008-pr.)
4. Kelly Gray - 21 in 70 gms. (1998-01)
** Caty Butler - 14 in 54 gms. (2009-pr.)
** Kimmy Cummings - 14 in 75 gms. (2008-pr.)
1. Kim Sandhoff - 28 in 71 gms. (1997-00)
2. Amanda Malkiewicz - 19 in 76 gms. (2008-pr.)
3. Meghan McCallion - 18 in 80 gms (2002-05)
4. Amanda Duffy - 17 in 74 gms. (1998-02)
5. Krystel Pabey - 14 in 74 gms. (2001-04)
** Leah Bagonis - 13 in 73 gms. (2008-pr.)
** Jessica Abshire - 13 in 76 gms. (2008-pr.)
1. Meghan McCallion - 96 in 80 gms. (2002-05)
2. Amanda Duffy - 83 in 74 gms. (1998-02)
3. Kim Sandhoff - 82 in 71 gms. (1997-00)
4. Amanda Malkiewicz - 65 in 76 gms. (2008-pr.)
5. Kelly Gray - 48 in 70 gms. (1998-00)
Jessica Abshire and Amanda Malkiewicz entered their senior seasons each with a 60-game starting streak intact ... Both streaks came to a halt during the season with Malkiewicz' ending at 73 (against SMU) and Abshire's at 60 (season opener) ... Below is a closer look at current double-digit starting streaks that are active heading into this weekend's matches:
37 Games - Hali Oughton (started 10/30/09)
35 Games - Christiane Cordero (started 8/20/10)
35 Games - Kimmy Cummings (started 8/20/10)
28 Games - Leah Bagonis (started 9/24/10)
24 Games - Maddie Maurer (started 10/3/10)
23 Games - Kendall Booth (started 10/8/10)
Butler and Cummings Recognized By TopDrawerSoccer.com
Back on Oct. 1, Butler and Cummings were named two of the top 20 Players to Watch in Conference USA by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... A year ago, Jessica Abshire, Amanda Broz and Amanda Malkiewicz were all named on the preseason list.
Cummings Record Hat Trick
Kimmy Cummings recorded her first career hat trick at Old Dominion (8/21) helping East Carolina to a 4-1 win. With the score knotted at one, Cummings received a through ball from freshman Beth Batchelor in the 41st minute breaking the tie and netting her first career game-winning goal.
In the 66th minute, Cummings was all alone on the right side of the field and booted a ball past the Monarch keeper for a 3-1 lead. Just six minutes later, the senior forward capped off the magical afternoon with her third goal sending a shot to the right of the box past the keeper on another through ball, this time from fellow classmate Amanda Malkiewicz. For Cummings it was her second career multi-goal game and the first ECU hat trick since Meghan McCallion netted three goals against DePaul on Oct. 1, 2004.
Butler Named C-USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week
Caty Butler picked up her first career C-USA weekly honor on Aug. 29 after she helped the Pirates to a 2-0 win over instate rival UNC Wilmington on Aug. 25. The junior netted both goals marking her first career multi-goal game of her career. In the 10th minute she received a through ball from senior Leah Bagonis and scored from 21 yards out staking the Pirates to an early 1-0 lead, her third career game-winning goal. In the 61st minute she sealed the victory with another through ball from Bagonis and beat the Seahawk keeper one-on-one for her second strike of the night.
First Career Starts
Four true freshmen have recorded their first collegiate starts during the 2011 season ... Mackenzie Semerad was the first in the season opener against No. 21 South Carolina ... During the Pirates final road trip, Kelley Johnson started against Tulsa logging 50 minutes as a defender ... In the final game of the road trip at SMU, she played 92 minutes in her second start ... Lexi Miller notched her first start as a Pirate at SMU at one of the midfield spots playing 23 minutes ... Beth Batchelor got the start at one of the midfield spots against Rice logging 10 minutes in the 3-1 victory.
First Collegiate Goals
Mackenzie Semerad, Kelly Johnson and Lexi Miller have also netted goals during their rookie seasons ... Semerad's goal was the game-winner at Davidson on Sept. 2 ... Both Johnson and Miller's goals were against No. 21 William & Mary on Sept. 11 in the double-overtime tie ... Johnson scored in the 42nd minute off a pair of passes from Cummings and Miller inside the box to tie the game at one ... Miller capped off her best game in her young career with another Pirate equalizer in the 71st minute on a header.
Malkiewicz Named Preseason All-Conference USA
Senior Amanda Malkiewicz was named to the All C-USA preseason team a voted on by the league's 12 head coaches on Aug. 9 ... Malkiewicz, who was a third-team All C-USA selection in 2010, started all 19 games for the Pirates and became the fifth player in school history to lead the squad in goals (7), assists (6) and points (20) in the same season.