Pirates Roll into Memphis for AAC Clash

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 Game 14: East Carolina (7-4-2) at Memphis (4-4-4) 
 Date  Sunday, Oct. 9
 Time  2:00 p.m. (EDT)
 Location  Memphis, Tenn.
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GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina women’s soccer team will travel to the Home of the Blues on Sunday to take on the Memphis Tigers. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. and the game will be available for streaming on ESPN+.
 
Last Time Out
The Pirates battled for the full 90 with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Sept. 29 Despite leading in shots, shots on goal and corners ECU was ultimately unable to find a winner – but managed to hold Tulsa to merely a single shot on goal and few real challenges at goal to speak of.
 
The 0-0 draw represented the sixth shutout of the season defensively for the Pirates and earned another point for the team in AAC play. As a result of her performance in the game, sophomore Lindsey Aiken collected her first career AAC Defensive Player of the Week nod on Monday, the third member of the East Carolina back line to do so this season.
 
Scouting the Tigers
Memphis enters the contest with a 4-4-4 record against some stout competition including a pair of games against ranked opponents in then-No. 18 Ole Miss and No. 5 Virginia. In conference play, the defending AAC champions started with three-straight ties before falling in their last game against South Florida for a 0-1-3 record.
 
Statistically, Jocelyn Alonzo leads the Tigers, and the conference, with five assists. Alonzo also leads the team with nine points while Mya Jones leads Memphis with four goals scored. On the season, three goalkeepers have started for the Tigers, combining for four shutouts and 1.58 goals allowed per contest.
 
Series History
Memphis has dominated the all-time series with a 16-3-3 record dating back to 2002. Despite this, the Pirates did win the last matchup, a 2-1 win over the then-No. 23 Tigers at Johnson Stadium. The win was just the third ranked victory in program history and the first since 1999.
 
Quotable
“We are so excited to continue AAC play this weekend, against a very strong Memphis side,” said Head Coach Gary Higgins. “We are looking forward to hitting the road again and competing against a nationally recognized program.

“Memphis have set the standard over the last decade of what a top team looks like in our conference. They consistently compete for conference championships and NCAA tournament berths. These are the types of games we want to compete in and we are excited for the opportunity. They also have an exceptional home record, so we know that we have to perform very well to get a result.

“We are looking forward to arriving in Memphis and representing Pirate Nation with heart and passion. Thanks and Go Pirates!”


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