Nov. 5, 2013
Match #20: East Carolina (8-8-3, 5-4-1 C-USA) vs. UTEP (12-5-3, 5-3-2 C-USA)
When: Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 12 p.m.
Where: Houston, Texas - Holloway Field (Rice University)
Series Record: East Carolina leads, 4-2-1
Last Meeting/Result: Sept. 21, 2012/ECU won, 2-1
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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer team will make its third consecutive appearance in the Conference USA Championship when it takes on UTEP in the quarterfinals, Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 12 p.m., [ET] at Rice University's Holloway Field in Houston, Texas.
-The Miners are coming off a 2-1 loss at North Texas in their season finale, but won their three games prior to that match.
-UTEP's leading scorer Azia Nicholson has nine goals to go along with two assists and a team-high 20 points this season.
-Despite not playing one another during the regular season, UTEP owns a 3-1-2 mark against common opponents, while ECU was 3-2-1 against those teams.
EAST CAROLINA NOTES
ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONOREES
Freshman D Caitlin Hite (first team), sophomore F Kendall Frey (third team) and redshirt junior D Danielle Romano (third team) were named All-Conference USA performers for the 2013 season. Hite, who also named to the league's all-freshman team, became the first player in program history to earn first-team recognition in her initial season.
East Carolina is making its third straight Conference USA tournament appearance. The streak is the second-longest in program history, only behind its five-year stretch from 2004-08.
ECU's five-game unbeaten streak, which includes three wins and one tie, is its longest since its five-match run last season, where the Pirates went 2-0-3 from Sept. 30-Oct. 14.
FREY ON FIRE
Kendall Frey has four go-ahead goals in the last five games. Two of those scores were game-winners, coming in the Pirates' 2-1 OT win at FIU on Oct. 18 and one week later in a 1-0 win at Southern Miss on Oct. 25.
The area in front of the East Carolina has been protected heavily this year, as the Pirates have shut out five opponents this year, while holding opponents to a .079 shooting percentage.
FREY'S FAVORITE FRIENDLY FOOT
Redshirt junior midfielder and C-USA Preseason Watch List choice Lexi Miller leads the team in assists with six this season. Miller also has an assist in each of the Pirates' last three games - all of which have led to a goal by teammate Kendall Frey.
HUT, HUT, HITE!
Caitlin Hite has played every minute in 17 of the Pirates' 19 matches during her first campaign. Included in that total are four double-overtime games.
POOLE OF SUCCESS
Redshirt junior M Skylar Poole has scored three game-winning goals this season, the latest coming against Florida Atlantic on Oct. 20. ECU owns a 8-3-2 record when Poole is in the starting lineup, which includes a 5-0-1 mark in C-USA matches.
REJOICING FOR ROMANO
With the Pirates needing a win or tie in the season finale to punch its ticket to the C-USA Championships, Danielle Romano scored her first-career goal on a penalty kick with five seconds remaining in regulation to give ECU a 2-1 win over Middle Tennessee and eliminate the Blue Raiders from contention.
A SEASON OF FIRSTS
Six East Carolina players, juniors Skylar Poole and Kelly Miller and freshmen Caitlin Hite, Lana Spitler, Jenna Geist and Kelsey Reeves, have scored their first-career goals during the 2013 season.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
The Pirates have one of the younger starting lineups in the conference, as multiple freshmen have routinely been in the starting lineup. ECU started a season-high five newcomers Sept. 6 against UNCW.
In his 15th season at the helm of the program, head coach Rob Donnenwirth won his 200th-career game in a 2-0 season-opening victory at Davidson on Aug. 23.