ECU soccer

Sophomore goalkeeper Maeve English takes off as the ball threatens the ECU goal during the Pirates' loss to Southern Methodist University on Sept. 23.

The East Carolina University (7-7-1, 2-2-1 American Athletic Conference) soccer team will stay on the road to face the University of Tulsa (6-7-1, 1-4-0 AAC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 1 p.m. and attempt to extend the team’s current three-game winning streak on Oct. 17. 

The season continues to wind down with only three games remaining, each a conference opponent. The Pirates will face Tulsa on Oct.17 , followed by the University of Central Florida (6-5-1, 1-3-1 AAC) on Oct. 21 and the University of Memphis (10-1-1, 4-0-0 AAC) on Oct. 24 at home for the final two games.

The Pirates are coming off a hard-fought double overtime victory against the University of Houston (10-3-2, 2-1-1 AAC) on Oct. 10 and have the momentum with the two prior wins against Temple University (3-5-3, 1-3-0 AAC) 2-1 on Oct. 7 and Old Dominion University (9-3-0, 5-0-0 Conference USA) 1-0 on Oct. 3

Tulsa has lost back-to-back games by shutouts against Memphis on Oct. 7 and UCF on Oct. 10. The Golden Hurricane lost 0-2 to the Tigers and 0-3 against the Knights. However, prior to the two game slide, Tulsa won in a dominant fashion against Temple with a final score 4-1. 

The momentum lies with the Pirates who have not lost a game since Sept. 23 against Southern Methodist University (8-2-1, 2-1-1 AAC) 0-2. A win against the Golden Hurricane could move the Pirates into the upper half of the AAC standings.

ECU currently sits in the middle of the conference out of the nine AAC teams with its 0.500 record. Tulsa is one spot above last in the conference, only above Temple. Memphis is undefeated in conference play and is the only remaining AAC team without a loss. 

In the previous game against the Cougars, ECU continued to show its defensive dominance by not allowing a single goal during the double overtime match. Sophomore goalkeeper Maeve English collected a total of eight saves against Houston. Over the previous three wins, the Pirates have only allowed a single goal against Temple.

Offensively, the Pirates have put four goals in total over the course of the current three-game win streak including the game-winning goal from freshman midfielder Haley McWhirter in the double overtime victory against Houston. The team battled for a total of 102 minutes before the goal was finally put in the net.

ECU gathered eight shots with only two on goal during the Houston game as opposed to the Cougars’ 20 shots and eight on goal. Despite the amount of shots Houston took, English was able to stop all of them from hitting the mark. 

McWhirter and English were both recognized by AAC with conference weekly awards. After her goal in Houston, McWhirter was awarded AAC Rookie of the Week. English was awarded AAC Goalkeeper of the Week similarly for her efforts in the Houston game. 

The Pirates will try to extend their win streak to four wins when they face Tulsa at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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