UNCW's Streak Ends With Loss To ECU
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Senior Chrissy Gratz scored in the 87th minute to break a 1-all tie and lift East Carolina to a 2-1 victory over host UNCW in collegiate women's soccer action Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The Pirates leveled their season mark at 4-4-0 with the victory while Seahawks moved to 5-3-1 overall as they saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.
Gratz tallied the decisive marker at the 86:59 mark of the contest, taking a cross from senior Rachel Fuller on the right side of the box before placing a shot on goal that was partly blocked by a UNCW defender before finding its way across the goal line. The game-winning goal, which came moments after the Seahawks had hit the crossbar, was Gratz's second tally of the season.
Sophomore Stephanie Seagrave gave ECU a 1-0 lead at the 38:56 mark of the first half, heading home a ball played into the box by senior Katlin Povich for her second goal of the season.
Senior Stephanie Rose drew the Seahawks level at 1-all in the 68th minute, taking a feed from senior Kim Currie at midfield and racing down the right side before slotting a ball into the left side of the net for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
UNCW held a 17-8 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 12-4 edge in the second half. The Seahawks also posted a 6-2 margin in corner kicks taken.
Junior Christiane Cordero made four saves in goal for the Pirates. Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter finished with three saves for the Seahawks.
UNCW returns to action Thursday as it opens Colonial Athletic Association play with a 6 p.m. match against Hofstra at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. ECU is back on the pitch Friday as it opens its Conference USA schedule at home against UTEP in a 7 p.m. kickoff.