Soccer Trio Earns NSCAA Academic All-South Honors

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Senior Hali Oughton

Dec. 17, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A trio of East Carolina soccer players (Caty Butler, Christiane Cordero and Hali Oughton) were named to the National Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-South Region squad the organization announced today. Oughton becomes the second Pirate to garner first-team honors following Kimmy Cummings selection a year ago, while Butler and Cordero earned third-team selections.

Oughton, who garnered second-team Conference USA All-Academic honors, is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member and sports a 3.76 overall GPA in communications (journalism). On the pitch she closed out her career with 60 consecutive starts dating back to Oct. 30, 2009. A first-team All C-USA selection as a senior, Oughton has also played a vital role in the Pirates 10 shutouts playing 1,840 minutes. Offensively, she collected seven points scoring three goals and recording one assist with a career-best three points (goal, assist) against Davidson. She recorded her third career game-winning goal at Southern Miss on a penalty kick in the 12th minute of play.

Butler, a first-team C-USA All-Academic selection as a senior, is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and C-USA Academic Medal winner who holds a 3.89 overall GPA in exercise sports science (sports studies). On the field she started all 20 matches scoring a pair of goals and recording three assists. Against Houston and Southern Miss, both road contests, she collected a season-high three points (goal, assist) and netted the game-winning goal against the Cougars just 43 seconds into the match. In the regular season finale at home against Marshall, she assisted on Chrissy Gratz' game-winning strike in the overtime period to help the Pirates secure the fourth seed at the 2012 C-USA Soccer Championships.

Just like Oughton and Butler, Cordero is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member who boasts a 3.33 overall GPA in communications (journalism). On the field, she produced one of the best Pirate seasons in goal leading the league with 10 shutouts on her way to first-team All C-USA honors. Cordero's 10 clean sheets tied the ECU single-season record matching Amber Campbell's feat from the 2007 season. She posted an 1.02 goals against average (21 goals), recorded 90 saves (.811 save percentage) and logged 1,854 minutes in the net.

The Valencia, Calif. was named College Sports Madness C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Year, was a three-time C-USA Player-of-the-Week selection, earned College Sports Madness Player-of-the-Week accolades and garnered National Player-of-the-Week honors from Soccer News Net. In league play, she posted a league-best eight shutouts allowing seven goals in 11 matches (0.61 GAA), while recording 61 saves (.897 percentage) in 1,028 minutes.

All three Pirate honorees have been named to the ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll for six-straight semesters and are scheduled to graduate in May of 2013.