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ECU Takes On UCF In C-USA Soccer Championships

Go Tigers! Kelley Johnson has scored two goals for the Pirates and was named to the C-USA All-Freshman squad.
Go Tigers!
Kelley Johnson has scored two goals for the Pirates and was named to the C-USA All-Freshman squad.
Go Tigers!

Nov. 1, 2011

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina soccer team will begin its quest for a Conference USA Championship title Wednesday when the Pirates open play against UCF (11-3-5) in Memphis, Tenn. The opening round match at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex will begin at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

ECU (10-7-1, 5-6-0 C-USA) earned the No. 5 seed at the eight-team tournament after defeating Marshall last Thursday, 2-1 on Senior Night. The Knights (11-3-5, 6-2-3) are the No. 4 seed and the match will mark the second time in both school's history that they will meet in post-season play. If the Pirates defeat UCF, they will face either top-seed Memphis or No. 8 Tulsa in the semifinals Friday.

The two teams met early this season in Greenville with the Knights coming away with a 2-0 victory. Nicollette Radovcic and Tishia Jewell both scored goals, while Aline Reis posted five saves in the shutout win.

ECU enters the league championship having won four of its last five matches. A trio of upperclassmen in Caty Butler, Kimmy Cummings and Amanda Malkiewicz have led the way scoring seven of the Pirates nine goals.

Malkiewicz has been in a zone of late having scored a goal in each of the Pirates' last four wins, which included three-game winners (SMU, Rice and Marshall). On the season she has seven goals, six of those have been against C-USA opponents. Both Butler and Cummings lead the team in goals (8) and points (20), ranking second in Conference USA. Butler scored the game-winner against Houston in a 2-0 victory, her second of the season while Cummings posted her second multi-goal game of the season against Rice tallying a pair of scoring strikes in a 3-1 win over the Owls.

In goal, sophomore keeper Christiane Cordero picked up her fifth shutout of the season (seventh career) against Houston. During the four-game win streak, she allowed just two goals, recorded 18 saves and posted a pair of shutouts (SMU, Houston) in 370 minutes. This season she has allowed 21 goals in 17 starts, and has posted a 1.24 goals against average with a .761 save percentage. Nine of her 63 saves came against No. 21 William & Mary, a season-high for the Valencia, Calif. native.

Cummings, Johnson and Malkiewicz Named All C-USA Performers
On the eve of its first post-season match since 2008, the Pirates had three players named to the All-Conference USA squads according to an announcement by the league Tuesday. Nov. 1. Senior Kimmy Cummings was selected to the first-team, while fellow classmate Amanda Malkiewicz garnered second-team accolades. Rookie Kelley Johnson rounded out the Pirates' selections with her All-Freshman Team selection. ECU's three honorees marks the seventh consecutive season that ECU has had at least three players on the All C-USA Teams.

Inside the Series: UCF 7-0-2
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)

Against C-USA Members: 41-35-12
Colorado College: 2-4-1
Houston: 7-2-0
Marshall: 5-1-1
Memphis: 0-9-2
Rice: 5-2-0
SMU: 3-4-1
Southern Miss: 10-0-0
Tulsa: 5-1-0
UAB: 1-3-4
UCF: 0-7-2
UTEP: 3-2-1

Pirates Earn No. 5 Seed In C-USA Soccer Championships
With its 2-1 victory over Marshall on Oct. 27 at the ECU Soccer Stadium, the Pirates earned the fifth seed in the upcoming C-USA Soccer Championships, which will be held Nov. 2-6 in Memphis, Tenn. and will play fourth seed UCF on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. (ET). Since joining C-USA in 2001, the Pirates will make their eighth appearance in post-season play in 11 years. Below is a look at ECU's seeding in the C-USA Championships since 2001:
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 3-6-2 record in the Conference USA Women's Soccer Championships and have advanced to the second round just three times, most recently in 2008 when they captured the No. 1 overall seed and faced No. 2 Memphis in the Championship Match falling 4-1. 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

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:
6. Memphis
18. UCF
60. Rice
61. Tulsa
68. East Carolina
72. Colorado College
82. SMU
88. UTEP
143. Houston
184. UAB
175. Marshall
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. Heading into the Championship Week, three of ECU's opponents are still ranked in the NSCAA Coaches Poll Top 25 (No. 6 Memphis, No. 19 South Carolina, and No. 25 William & Mary). UCF is currently receiving votes for the Top 25. 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
Heading into the first round of the 2011 C-USA Soccer Championships against UCF, junior Caty Butler and senior Kimmy Cummings are both in the midst of their best collegiate seasons ... Both have identical stats and share the team lead in goals (8) and points (20), while ranking second in assists (4) and game-winning strikes (2) ... 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:

Single-Season Points
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)
** Caty Butler - 20 in 17 games (2011)
** Kimmy Cummings - 20 in 18 games (2011)

Single-Season Goals
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)
** Caty Butler - 8 in 17 games (2011)
** Kimmy Cummings - 8 in 18 games (2011)

Bagonis Is Among ECU's All-Time Best
Senior forward Leah Bagonis has dished out a team-best seven assists so far this season. Her game-winning assist against Marshall on Senior Night moved her into a tie for fifth place all-time at ECU (14) and in a tie for fifth on the single-season charts. She is also tied for second in Conference USA and stands 84th nationally in assists per game (0.39).

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. Amanda Malkiewicz - 24 in 78 gms. (2008-pr.)
5. Kelly Gray - 21 in 70 gms. (1998-01)
** Caty Butler - 14 in 55 gms. (2009-pr.)

** Kimmy Cummings - 14 in 77 gms. (2008-pr.)

Career Assists
1. Kim Sandhoff - 28 in 71 gms. (1997-00)
2. Amanda Malkiewicz - 19 in 78 gms. (2008-pr.)
3. Meghan McCallion - 18 in 80 gms (2002-05)
4. Amanda Duffy - 17 in 74 gms. (1998-02)
t5. Leah Bagonis - 14 in 75 gms. (2008-pr.)
t5. Krystel Pabey - 14 in 74 gms. (2001-04)
** Jessica Abshire - 13 in 78 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 - 67 in 78 gms. (2008-pr.)
5. Kelly Gray - 48 in 70 gms. (1998-00)
** Kimmy Cummings - 39 in 77 gms. (2008-pr.)
** Caty Butler - 33 in 55 gms. (2009-pr.)

Career Saves
1. Amber Campbell - 396 in 82 gms. (2005-08)
2. Amy Horton - 351 in 74 gms. (1996-99)
3. Joey Clark - 180 in 20 gms. (1995)
4. Jameison Pierce - 173 in 17 gms. (1994)
5. Christiane Cordero - 162 in 36 gms. (2010-pr.)

Career Shutouts
1. Amber Campbell - 30.0 in 82 gms. (2005-08)
2. Amy Horton - 22.5 in 74 gms. (1996-99) 3. Christiane Cordero - 7.0 in 36 gms. (2010-pr.)
4. Brooke Crews - 6.5 in 17 gms. (2000)
t5. Lauren Church - 5.0 in 30 gms. (2002-04)
t5. Michelle Kmiotek - 5.0 in 10 gms. (2002)

Streaks Extended
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:
39 Games - Hali Oughton (started 10/30/09)
37 Games - Kimmy Cummings (started 8/20/10)
30 Games - Leah Bagonis (started 9/24/10)
25 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 Records 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
Six Pirates 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 ... In the season finale against UAB, a makeup game from Sept. 30, Brittany Batts and Danielle Romano both logged their first collegiate starts ... Batts played 71 minutes in the 3-2 double overtime loss, while Romano played all 101 minutes as a defender.

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.