ECU Closes Out Regular Season At Marshall

UABSPORTS.COM Rachel Wechsler battles for a ball against Colorado College.
Rachel Wechsler battles for a ball against Colorado College.

Oct. 28, 2010


GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer team will travel to Marshall for its regular season finale on Thursday night at Sam Hood Field. The Pirates (9-8-1, 4-5-1) and The Herd (6-8-3, 4-5-1) are two of four teams fighting for the final spot in the 2010 Conference USA Tournament in Orlando, Fla.

With one game remaining on the schedule, the Pirates sit in a three-way tie in seventh place (13 points) with Colorado College and Marshall, while trailing UAB by one point. For the Pirates to advance to its sixth C-USA Tournament in the last seven years, the Pirates' need to pick-up a win over The Herd and then get help from both Memphis and UTEP.

ECU has won two of its last three matches to remain in playoff contention. The Pirates defeated UTEP 1-0 on Friday night for their second shutout of the season. Leah Bagonis scored the lone goal of the night at the 7:07 mark for her first goal of the year. Goalie Christiane Cordero nine saves on the night, the second-most in a game this season.

Junior Amanda Malkiewicz scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season to give ECU an early 1-0 lead Sunday, but the Pirates were unable to hang on as they allowed three straight goals and fell 3-2 to Colorado College.

The Herd defeated Colorado College 2-1 and UTEP 3-0 in a pair of crucial C-USA matchups last weekend. Erika Duncan tallied three goals and two assists to earn C-USA Offensive Player of the week honors. Duncan's game-winner on Sunday helped her to surpass Amanda McMahon as Marshall's all-time leading scorer with 27 career goals.

Angela DeSumma added two goals and two assists in the victories. DeSumma and Duncan combined for all 14 of the Herd's points on the weekend. Goalkeeper Lexa Hughes tallied a career-high nine saves in the match against the Tigers and tallied Marshall's sixth shutout of the season on Sunday against the Miners.



Inside the Marshall Series: ECU leads, 4-0-1
Oct. 29, 2005, W - 1-0/2OT (Away)
Oct. 6, 2006, W - 5-0 (Home)
Oct. 14, 2007, T - 0-0/2OT (Away)
Oct. 31, 2008, W - 3-2/2OT (Home)
Oct. 30, 2009, W - 1-0 (Away)

ECU vs. C-USA (Current Members): 36-28-12
vs. Colorado College: 2-3-1
vs. Houston: 6-2-0
vs. Marshall: 4-0-1
vs. Memphis: 0-8-2
vs. Rice: 4-2-0
vs. SMU: 2-4-1
vs. Southern Miss: 9-0-0
vs. Tulsa: 5-0-0
vs. UAB: 1-2-4
vs. UCF: 0-6-2
vs. UTEP: 3-1-1

Five Pirates Honored On Senior Day:
On Oct. 24, five seniors played their final match in Greenville, N.C. when they hosted Colorado College ... The 2010 senior class (Amanda Broz, Jessica Cunningham, Tricia Tufts, Scarlet Van Loon and Bailey Wilcox) has posted a 41-24-13 four-year record and helped ECU claim its first-ever Conference USA regular season title back in 2008.

Pirates Raise More Than $6,000 In Riley's Army Auction:
The East Carolina women's soccer team held its Second Annual Riley's Army Auction on Friday, Oct. 22, following its C-USA match against UTEP. The Pirates raised more than $6,000 auctioning off pink jerseys to help raise money for the Riley's Army of Greenville. Riley's Army, founded in April of 2007, supports 10-year-old Greenville resident Riley Philpot, her family and others in the area with children battling cancer. The charity recruits and trains volunteers to sit with pediatric cancer parents and their siblings, as well as provide other types of support. At age six, Riley was diagnosed with A Wilms' tumor on her right kidney. A Wilms' tumor is the most common malignant tumor of the kidneys in children. After what appeared to be a successful operation and removal of the tumor, the cancer returned. She endured another round of procedures and treatments but the cancer returned again. Riley continues her battle with cancer today. She loves soccer and attends Pirate matches whenever she is able.

ECU's Points Leader:
Amanda Malkiewicz continues to lead the Pirates with 20 points heading into ECU's final game at Marshall ... The New Jersey native has scored half of her 20 points in C-USA action ... During the Pirates' most recent home stand she netted her team-leading seventh goal during the eighth minute of play against Colorado College ... She also leads the team in assists (six) which she recorded at Houston on Oct. 15 ... Four of her six assists have been on game-winning strikes (Niagara, N.C. State, William & Mary and Southern Miss) ... Also added assists at No. 23 UCF and Houston ... Four of her seven goals have been in league play (Southern Miss, UAB, Rice and CC) ... Others were against Francis Marion, Old Dominion and William & Mary ... Currently she ranks among the league leaders in assists and assists per game (t5th), points and points per game (t6th), goals (t7th) and goals per game (t8th) ... In 59 career games, Malkiewicz has scored 17 goals and ranks fourth all-time on the assists charts with 16.

Record Watch (Top-5)

Career Goals
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)
4. Kelly Gray - 21 in 70 gms. (1998-01)
5. Jennifer Reiley - 19 in 54 gms. (1996-99)
** Amanda Malkiewicz - 17 in 59 gms. (2008-pr.)
** Bailey Wilcox - 15 in 72 gms. (2007-pr.)

Career Assists
1. Kim Sandhoff - 28 in 71 gms. (1997-00)
2. Meghan McCallion - 18 in 80 gms (2002-05)
3. Amanda Duffy - 17 in 74 gms. (1998-02)
4. Amanda Malkiewicz - 16 in 59 gms. (2008-pr.)
5. Krystel Pabey - 14 in 74 gms. (2001-04)
** Jessica Woodward - 11 in 59 gms. (2008-pr.)

Career Points
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 - 50 in 57 gms. (2008-pr.)
5. Kelly Gray - 48 in 70 gms. (1998-00)

Pirates' RPI Is 85:
After splitting its most recent home series, ECU's RPI dropped from 77 to 85 this ... Seven of Conference USA's 12 teams are ranked in the top-100 this week: UCF (16), Memphis (38), SMU (45), Houston (60), Colorado College (68), Rice (76) and ECU (85).

Spreading The Love:
Ten different players have netted goals on the season Malkiewicz leading the way with seven ... Caty Butler, Chrissy Gratz and Bailey Wilcox are tied for second with four each, while Jessica Woodward and Kimmy Cummings have netted three ... Leah Bagonis, Amanda Broz, Hali Oughton and Amanda Windsor round out the scoring with one goal a piece ... The Pirates have dished out 29 assists on their 29 goals, 11 coming from different players.

Gratz Has Three Game-Winning Goals:
Sophomore Chrissy Gratz has three game-winning goals (Francis Marion, ODU and N.C. State) on the season, which is currently tied for third in Conference USA ... The sophomore from Sunrise, Fla. has established a new career-high with four goals in 18 games, while tying her career-high in points (9).

Streaks Extended:
A trio of Pirates extended their current starting streaks to over 30-games last weekend against Colorado College ... Junior's Amanda Malkiewicz and Jessica Woodward pushed their consecutive starting streaks to 59 games, while Preseason All-Conference USA selection Bailey Wilcox extended hers to 37-straight matches dating back to the start of the 2009 campaign ... Below is a closer look at current double-digit starting streaks that are active heading into this weekend's matches:

59 Games - Amanda Malkiewicz (started 8/22/08)
59 Games - Jessica Woodward (started 8/22/08)
37 Games - Bailey Wilcox (started 8/21/09)
27 Games - Amanda Broz (started 10/2/09)
18 Games - Hali Oughton (started 10/30/09)
18 Games - Christiane Cordero (started 8/20/10)
18 Games - Kimmy Cummings (started 8/20/10)
13 Games - Candace Mowery (started 9/13/09)

ECU Against Nationally-Ranked Teams:
The Pirates dropped their second match this season to a nationally-ranked team when the fell to No. 23 UCF, 5-3, on Sept. 24 ... On Aug. 27, they hosted No. 10 Wake Forest at the North Campus Recreation Complex where they dropped a 2-1 contest ... As of this week (Oct. 26) three of ECU's 2010 opponents are ranked nationally or are receiving votes in the Top-25 polls (UNC Greensboro No. 16/Soccer America, No. 20/NSCAA and No. 22/Soccer Times; Wake Forest No. 21/Soccer Times and No. 25/Soccer America; Memphis and UCF are receiving votes in the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls).

Cordero Records Second Career Shutout:
Redshirt Freshman Christiane Cordero posted her second career shutout against UTEP on Oct. 22, 1-0 ... The Valencia, Calif. native faced 13 shots logging nine saves ... Her first career shutout was against in-state rival N.C. State on Sept. 10 ... Cordero logged a career-best 11 saves, which ranks as the third-most (all games) in C-USA this season, in her 90-minutes of work ... Currently Cordero is tied for first in saves (89) while ranking fourth in saves per game (4.94) and tied for ninth in shutouts (2) ... She sports an 9-8-1 overall record in 18 starts with 89 saves and a 1.49 goals against average ... She has already logged 1630 minutes in goal, which ranks sixth on the single-season charts.

First Career Starts:
Christiane Cordero (GK) and Kimmy Cummings (F) recorded their first career starts in the season opener against UNC Greensboro ... Cordero allowed two goals in 90-minutes of action in the box, while Cummings logged 53 minutes at the forward position ... Since the opening weekend both have started all 18 games for the Pirates ... Sophomore Maddie Maurer has played in all 18 games (9 starts) and notched her first career start at home against No. 10 Wake Forest.

Collegiate Debuts:
Six Pirates have made their collegiate debuts in 2010 ... Cordero experienced action in the season opener posting her first collegiate start, while Brittany Batts (MF/2 gms), Ashley James (F/3 gms), Katlin Povich (MF/1 gm), Amanda Reynolds (MF/ 14 gms) and Anne Workman (D/ 1 gm) got on the field against Francis Marion in the home opener.