WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW women’s soccer team continues its season-opening road swing this weekend as it faces Western Carolina and UNCG in the ECU Soccer Tournament at the ECU Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks open the tournament Friday with a 5 p.m. kickoff against the Catamounts before closing out their appearance Sunday with a Noon contest against the Spartans.

UNCW enters the ECU Soccer Tournament in search of its first victory of the season after opening the 2013 campaign with setbacks at South Carolina (2-0) and Charlotte (1-0) last weekend. Starting the season on the road for the third consecutive season, the Seahawks had 11 players register at least one shot attempt but were unable to find the back of the net. Six freshmen saw playing time for coach Paul Cairney’s squad last weekend, including freshman Liisa Rahkola, who became the first rookie keeper to start a season opener since former standout Caitlin Hunter opened the 2009 campaign in goal.

Western Carolina brings a 2-0 mark into its visit to Greenville after opening the 2013 season last weekend with a pair of 2-0 victories over Lipscomb and Eastern Kentucky. The Catamounts benefitted from a balanced attack during the opening weekend as four different players found the back of the net. Sophomore Kelly Pannell has two assists on the four goals scored. Junior Jenny Lauer and freshman Carly Tintsman split the team’s keeper duties last weekend, teaming up to record five saves and two shutouts.

UNCG sits at 1-1 on the young season following a split of its double-overtime contests against Hawai’I (W 1-0) and Washington (L 1-0) last weekend on the island of O'ahu. Sophomore Chesney White has the Spartans’ lone goal on the season, heading home a cross from freshman Georgia Brown in the 104th minute to led UNCG to its season-opening victory over the Rainbow Warriors. Sophomore keeper Jamie Simmons started both games in goal for the Spartans and allowed just one goal in 210:50 of work.

UNCW puts the finishing touches on its six-game road swing next weekend with a par of matches at East Carolina (Sept. 6) and NC State (Sept. 8).