brooke burzynski

Junior midfielder Brooke Burzynski dribbles the ball away from two defenders during the 2-1 victory against the University of Florida on Sept. 11.

East Carolina University soccer (7-6-2, 2-2-1 American Athletic Conference) will face off against the conference leader University of Central Florida (6-2-4, 4-0-1 AAC) on Oct. 20 for a 7 p.m. match in Orlando, Florida. The game will be available for streaming on ESPN+ via the American.

The Pirates enter the match following a rough stretch of games. ECU has not won a game since Sep. 22, in which the Pirates took a Thursday night 1-0 victory against the University of Houston (5-5-3, 1-2-2 AAC). Since then, ECU has faced three losses and a draw against three conference opponents and one out of conference opponent.

If the Pirates are to get back to winning, they will need the help of their standouts. Junior goalkeeper Maeve English has been producing what may end up being the best season of her career. English has created 38 saves this season, surpassing her 2020 season total with two games still to go.

English’s 7-6-2 record as a goalkeeper is on pace to surpass her win total last year, with an 8-9-2 record in 2021 that proved to be the best season of her collegiate career thus far. English has also created six shutouts in the season, outpacing the four she created last season.

UCF comes into the game on a four game conference win streak after their Sep. 29 game against the University of Cincinnati (5-2-6, 1-1-3 ACC). The team has not lost a game since facing the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (12-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coastal Conference) on Sep. 11 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The 2-1 loss over a month ago was against one of the best teams in women’s soccer. Soccerwire.com ranked the UNC team No. 2 in the nation ahead of the season’s start. The school is still tied for second place amongst all NCAA schools. UCF received 12 votes to be ranked among the Top 25, but have yet to find themselves in the mix.

ECU and UCF have played one another 18 times in the two schools’ histories. Unfortunately for the Pirates, the Golden Knights have dominated the matches. UCF has won 13 of the 18 meetings to ECU’s three with two ties to pair.

Following UCF, the Pirates will have two more season games remaining. ECU will set off against Temple University in (1-8-4, 0-5 AAC) on Oct. 23 for a 12:30 p.m. game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before returning home on Oct. 27 for senior night against Cincinnati. The 7 p.m. start will be available for streaming on ESPN+.

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