ECU Soccer / USF

Freshman defender Lindsey Aiken looks to clear the ball for her team against VMI.

East Carolina University soccer (4-4-0, 0-0-0 American Athletic Conference) will head to Tampa, Florida, to take on the University of South Florida (USF) (4-2-1, 0-0-0 American Athletic Conference) on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

The Purple and Gold have a 10 game losing streak against USF that dates back to 2014. The last time the Pirates won against USF was in Greenville in 2004. In the last match, the Pirates came out short 0-1 on April 15 in Tampa. USF was ranked No.15 at the time and finished the game with a total of 16 shots, six shots on the goal, and three saves, according to ECUPirates

The Pirates walked away from the game with a total of five shots, three shots on the goal and three corners. Graduate student midfielder Alexia Moore played in the game and made a corner kick, the Bulls saw that as an opportunity and managed to take control of the ball. From there, the Bulls scored the first and only goal of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Maeve English was able to make six saves for the Pirates, which has brought her to nine saves in the last three games. 

This game will be the Pirate’s first conference game of the season. ECU will enter the game coming off a loss against William and Mary (2-4-0, 0-0-0 Colonial Athletic Conference) on Sept. 12 with a final score of 0-1. While in Williamsburg, Virginia, the team made a total of 16 shots, six shots on the goal and two corners. William and Mary managed to score the first goal of the game in the ECU penalty area 17 minutes into the match. 

Graduate student forward Tori Riggs took three shots and one shot on goal in the Pirates’ bout against William and Mary. Sophomore defense/forward Annabelle Abbott also took two shots and managed to get two shots on the goal.

Freshman midfielder Haley McWhirter assisted in offensive plays when ECU played against William and Mary. Junior midfielder Catherine Brooke also managed to take one shot at the goal in the game while she assisted her teammates offensively and defensively. 

Graduate student defense Kim Sanford was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Week earlier this month and helped assist the team toward its back-to-back victories earlier this season against High Point University (0-5-2, 0-0-0 Big South Conference), Campbell University (2-2-2, 0-0-0 Big South) and Virginia Commonwealth University (4-2-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic 10 Conference). 

The Pirates' opponent this weekend, USF, will play against ECU fresh off a 1-0 win where they won against the University of Miami (3-3-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Sept. 12 in Tampa. The USF Bulls made a total of 19 shots, 6 shots on the goal, and one corner in its past game. USF junior Sydney Nasello made the first and only goal of the game from a corner kick that landed the ball into the Miami goal. 

Bulls player junior Sydney Martinez achieved her second shutout of the season according to GoUSFBulls. Frensham Serita Thurton, also from USF played offensive for the team and managed to finish the game with five shots as the team took on Miami.

After Pirate soccer plays its first conference game in Tampa, the team will travel to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to play a non-conference game against James Madison University (2-4-1, 0-0-0 CAA) on Sept. 19. JMU currently has a two-game losing streak against the Pirates. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

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