Pirates Blank Seahawks in Greenville
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
GREENVILLE, North Carolina - Junior forward Caty Butler scored two goals to lead East Carolina to a 2-0 victory over UNCW in collegiate women's soccer action Thursday at the East Carolina Soccer Stadium.
In the annual meeting between the former Colonial Athletic Association rivals, East Carolina improved to 2-1 on the young season while the Seahawks saw their record evened at 1-1.
"I was disappointed with our effort tonight against a talented East Carolina squad," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "ECU dominated us for long spells and we gave up goals at critical times. As we move forward, we have to learn from this; get better and prepare to win the next game."
Butler opened the scoring at the 9:32 mark of the contest as she fired a shot from 21 yards out that beat UNCW junior keeper Caitlin Hunter. Senior forward Leah Bagonis was credited with an assist on the play.
Butler and Bagonis teamed up again in the 61st minute to double the Pirates advantage to 2-0. Bagonis found Butler with a through ball that allowed Butler to get behind the Seahawks defense and beat Hunter for her second goal of the contest and third strike of the season.
UNCW's best chance to the get on the board came just moments after Butler's second goal, when junior Amanda Holmes rang a shot off the crossbar in the 65th minute.
ECU held a 16-6 advantage in shots during the contest and enjoyed a 4-2 edge in corner kicks taken. Hunter recorded eight saves for the Seahawks while sophomore Christiane Cordero made one stop for the Pirates to record her first shutout of the season.
UNCW returns to action Sept. 2 when it travels to Charlotte for a 7 p.m. contest. ECU is back on the field Sunday with a 6 p.m. home contest against UNC Greensboro.