ECU soccer wins 1-0 in exhibition
ECU Media Relations
Saturday, August 17, 2019
In an exhibition match defined by defense, Jenna Dages scored the only goal for the East Carolina women’s soccer team to top VCU 1-0 on Friday night inside Johnson Stadium.
Dages’ goal came at the 45:34 mark. From there, goalie Meaghan Haley and ECU's defense helped to maintain the lead.
“First game against an opponent and we were very excited to get out and play against someone else for the first time this year,” Pirate coach Jason Hamilton said. “We knew VCU was going to be a very talented group, they’ve been a very successful program the past few years."
The preseason exhibition was played as three 30-minute periods, instead of the normal 45-minute halves.
East Carolina's first regular-season contest is scheduled for Thursday, also at home, versus George Mason at 7 p.m.
Friday's middle period saw the Pirates' offense come alive. Kim Sanford was on the end of a corner kick, but her headed effort bounced off the top of the crossbar.
The game’s lone breakthrough came off another ECU corner kick. With Erin Mikalsen swinging in a cross, Dages rose up and lofted a header over the VCU goalkeeper and into the top corner of the net.
Haley, a sophomore goalkeeper and transfer from LIU Brooklyn, made two stops in quick succession to end the second period followed by two saves in the final five minutes of the third stanza to close the shutout.
“Set-pieces are something that we know we have to win that battle each and every game,” Hamilton said. "We used all 23 healthy players, which is great to get that experience against a great team. Now we need to go back and look at film and get a plan for next week. We’ve got some areas we know we’ve got to work on just from watching it live."