Oct. 30, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina soccer team will begin its quest for a Conference USA Championship title Wednesday when the Pirates play against Tulsa in El Paso, Texas. The opening round match at University Field will begin at 3:30 p.m. (ET).
ECU (10-6-3, 6-2-3) earned the fourth seed at the eight-team tournament after defeating Marshall last Thursday, 1-0 in overtime on Senior Night. The Golden Hurricane (11-5-3, 6-3-2) are the fifth seed the match will mark the first time in both school's history that they will meet in post-season play. If the ECU advances, it will face either top-seed Colorado College or eighth seed Houston in the semifinals Friday.
The two teams met early this season in Greenville with the game ending in a double-overtime scoreless tie, the second of three-straight for the Pirates.
ECU enters the league championships having lost just one game in his last eight matches posting a 4-1-3 ledger, which includes consecutive wins to close out the regular season.
A trio of seniors in Caty Butler, Chrissy Gratz and Hali Oughton has led the way offensively scoring 11 of the Pirates 19 goals. Gratz has scored a career-best six goals (three game winners) with two assists for a team-best 14 points on the season. Oughton, who was named First-Team All C-USA Tuesday afternoon, also established a new career-high with three goals netting game-winners against Davidson and Southern Miss.
Butler scored a pair of strikes late in conference action posting the game-winner at Houston while also scoring at Southern Miss. She also recorded three assists (all in league play) and is tied for second on the squad with sophomore Kelly Miller and is two assists behind team leader redshirt sophomore Danielle Romano.
Defense is where the Pirates have excelled this season having recorded 10 shutouts (eight in league play), which ranks 23rd nationally. Redshirt junior Christiane Cordero joined Oughton as a First-Team All C-USA selection after leading the league in shutouts, while ranking among the league leaders in saves (85), save percentage (.810) and goals against average (1.03).
Joining Cordero, Oughton and Romano in the backfield are senior Maddie Maurer and freshman Haley Patsey. All four of the Pirates defenders, including Cordero in goal, have started all 19 games together. Maurer has played every minute in 17 games and Patsey, a 2012 C-USA All-Freshman Team selection, has played every minute in 15 matches.
ECU And Tulsa Battle To Scoreless Draw
The East Carolina women's soccer team played to its third consecutive double-overtime scoreless tie in Conference USA action Sunday afternoon against Tulsa at the ECU Soccer Stadium.
ECU vs. Current C-USA Members: 48-39-14
Colorado College: 3-4-1
Southern Miss: 11-0-0
Inside the Tulsa Series: ECU leads, 5-1-1
Oct. 21, 2005 - W, 3-2 (Home) Oct. 20, 2006 - W, 1-0/2 OT (Away) Oct. 10, 2008 - W, 1-0/2 OT (Home) Oct. 9, 2009 - W, 1-0 (Away) Oct. 3, 2010 - W, 2-1 (Home - played at SAS Park, Cary, N.C.) Oct. 14, 2011 - L, 1-0 (Away)
Oct. 14, 2012 - T, 0-0/2 OT (Home)
Scouting Tulsa (from TulsaHurricane.com)
According to the latest NCAA statistics, Tulsa ninth in saves percentage (.867), 30th in goals-against average (.707), 66th in scoring offense (1.84) and shutout percentage (.421), and 69th in won-lost-tied percentage (.658). Individually, Katie Bykowski is eighth in saves percentage (.882) and 17th in goals-against average (.58), while Claire Hulcer is 37th in total assists (8) and 42nd in assists per game (.44). Leading the attack is senior Rebecca Handley with seven goals and one assist for 15 points, while Camille Pelley, Claire Nicholson and Stephanie Aitken each have five goals. Bykowski and Hayley Harryman have split time in goal this season, combining for 91 saves and eight shutouts.
Pirates Earn No. 4 Seed In C-USA Soccer Championships
With its 1-0 overtime victory over Marshall on Oct. 25 at the ECU Soccer Stadium, the Pirates earned the fourth seed in the upcoming C-USA Soccer Championships, which will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in El Paso, Texas. Since joining C-USA in 2001, the Pirates will make their ninth appearance in post-season play in 12 years. Below is a look at ECU's seeding in the C-USA Championships since 2001:
2012 - No. 4
2011 - No. 5
2010 - Did not qualify
2009 - Did not qualify
2008 - No. 1 (claimed the C-USA regular season title)
2007 - No. 8
2006 - No. 6
2005 - No. 7
2004 - No. 4
2003 - Did not qualify
2002 - No. 3
2001 - No. 6
Pirates In C-USA Soccer Championships
The Pirates own a 4-7-2 record in the Conference USA Women's Soccer Championships and have advanced to the second round four times, most recently last year after they knocked UCF out in the first round before falling to eventual champion Memphis, 3-0. Below is a look at how the Pirates have fared in the C-USA Championships:
Nov. 7, 2001 - T, Charlotte (0-0/2OT) - Charlotte advanced on penalty kicks
Nov. 6, 2002 - W, Houston (2-0)
Nov. 7, 2002 - L, Cincinnati (2-1)
Nov. 3, 2004 - L, Louisville (2-1)
Nov. 2, 2005 - T, SMU (0-0/4OT) - ECU advanced on penalty kicks
Nov. 4, 2005 - L, Rice (2-0)
Nov. 1, 2006 - L, Memphis (2-1)
Nov. 7, 2007 - L, UCF (2-0)
Nov. 5, 2008 - W, SMU (1-0)
Nov. 7, 2008 - W, Colorado College (2-1/OT)
Nov. 9, 2008 - L, Memphis (4-1) in Championship Match
Nov. 2, 2011 - W, UCF (2-1)
Nov. 4, 2011 - L, Memphis (3-0)
2012 NCAA RPI Report (as of Oct. 22)
Despite its 1-0 overtime win against Marshall last week, the Pirates dropped three spots in the latest RPI Report released by the NCAA on Oct. 29 ... Below is a look at where the Pirates stack up with members of Conference USA in RPI:
45. Colorado College
87. East Carolina
235. Southern Miss
Cordero Picks Up Defensive Player-of-the-Year Award
Keeper Christiane Cordero has picked up a slew of awards and honors during her redshirt junior season. Most recently she was named College Sports Madness Conference USA Defensive Player-of-the-Year following her league leading 10th shutout of the season (eighth in league play) last Thursday. She becomes the third Pirate to capture any type of player-of-the-year accolades following Penny Perrott (2003) and Amber Campbell (2008) C-USA Player-of-the-Year honors by the league coaches.
Quartet Of Pirates Take Home All C-USA Honors
Cordero and senior Hali Oughton picked up their first ever all-conference selections after being named First-Team All C-USA Tuesday afternoon ... Rookies Kendall Frey and Haley Patsey were tabbed All-Freshman Team selections marking the seventh time in the last eight years ECU has had at least one member on the all-freshman squad ... The duo selection of Cordero and Ought was just the third time in school history that two Pirates have garnered first-team honors in the same season (Meghan McCallion and Penny Perrott in 2003; Amber Campbell and Madison Keller in 2008).
Cordero's Shutout Streak Snapped At Five Games
Two weeks ago, Cordero was 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 10 shutouts ... As of Monday, Oct. 29, 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
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).
ECU's Star Shines Bright At Home
The Pirates closed out their home slate with a 1-0 overtime win against Marshall last Thursday ... The victory marked the sixth at home this season where ECU posted a 6-1-2 ledger recording seven shutouts, while allowing just two goals ... Their lone loss came at the hands of instate foe Charlotte back on Sept. 3, 1-0 ... In nine home games, ECU has outscored its opponents 9-2 at the ECU Soccer Stadium ... On the road, they have been outscored 21-10 with a 4-5-1 ledger in ten contests.
59-Straight and Counting
Oughton has started 59-straight matches dating back to Oct. 30, 2009 against Marshall ... In 77 career games (75 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 ... During the Pirates final road 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.