Carsen Parker
Senior defender Carsen Parker, winner of AAC player of the week honors, kicks the ball in an ECU game last season.

The American Athletic Conference recognized senior defender Carsen Parker and freshman goalkeeper Maeve English of the East Carolina University women’s soccer team (1-1, 1-0 AAC) this morning for the AAC Defensive Player of the week and the AAC Goalkeeper of the Week awards, respectively.

ECU soccer has only allowed one combined goal for the first two games of the season, according to ECUPirates.

Parker has been a vital piece in the Pirates’ defense, as she has already contributed to all 185 minutes of the first two games. To add to her strong defensive presence, Parker also scored the only Pirate goal against Houston. She hit the game-winning goal in overtime off a pass from redshirt junior defender Morgan Dewey.

“I could not be happier for Carsen to get this recognition,” Hamilton said. “She has logged a lot of minutes over the past few seasons and sometimes is hidden in the shadows of some of the others we have around her. This is a good representation of a strong group we had and still have in the backline.”

In her first career start, English recorded three saves and allowed only one goal against Old Dominion University (1-2, 0,0 Conference USA) on Feb. 4. In her second game, she was able to raise her stats to five saves with no goals allowed. This was the Pirate’s first win of the season against AAC opponent, the University of Houston (2-1, 0-1 AAC) on Feb. 13.

English is the fifth Pirate to be named AAC Goalkeeper of the Week, but she is the first freshman to receive the award.

“Maeve has had a fantastic start to her career,” head coach Jason Hamilton said. “Asking a freshman to step in as a goalkeeper is a tough thing to do at this level. I think this will be one of many honors we see her receive over her career.”

ECU will head to Richmond, Virginia, to face Virginia Commonwealth University (2-0, 0,0 Atlantic 10 Conference) on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.

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