Pirates Draw Bearcats, Earn Fifth in AAC

GREENVILLE, NC — The East Carolina soccer team earned one last hard-fought run on Thursday in a 0-0 draw against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The draw puts the Pirates on the road for their first-round AAC Tournament game.

ECU honored their seniors at noon with Head Coach Gary Higgins and Associate AD Mike Hanley presenting Carsen Parker, Catherine Holbrook, Grace Doran, Taylor Kibble and Morgan Dewey with framed jerseys.

On the pitch, Doran played a phenomenal game, appearing to be involved in every move for the Pirates, regaining possession and creating chances from her midfield position.

Despite the scoreless finish, both teams had chances in abundance with a combined 19 shots in the game and four shots on target for the Bearcats and two for the Pirates. Seniors Doran and Holbrook had the two shots on target for the Pirates, but they were saved cleanly by reigning AAC goalkeeper of the week Anna Rexford.

To that end, Maeve English played another great game, stopping some tricky shots from Cincinnati and taking her seventh clean sheet of the year, wiping out her previous career high of four. Seven shutouts also bring her to a tie for fifth place in a season for ECU.

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Sofia Serrano earned her second career–and second-straight career start in what was the eighth unique base 11 in eight games for the Pirates. In a hyper-competitive game between two teams with a lot at stake, four yellow cards were dealt. However, Peyton Godbey was the only ECU player to earn a booking. While Cincinnati pushed to find a winner, the Bearcats earned six corners in the second half. The team finished with nine in total to three ECUs. Up Next It looked like the Pirates would have a grudge match with Cincinnati, but in the case of ‘don’t count your chickens before they hatch’, SMU stole victory from a draw against Memphis with a winner with 18 seconds to play . Thanks to a direct tiebreak with the Mustangs, East Carolina will head out on Sunday to play the Memphis Tigers, time to be determined.

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