In a game where the scoring chances were decided in host Houston’s favor, East Carolina’s Haley McWhirter scored in the 103rd minute on Sunday for a double-overtime triumph on the road.

ECU’s Holly Schlagel found space on the right wing and swung a cross into the Houston box. Annabelle Abbott jumped up to win it and her header reached McWhirter at the edge of the six-yard box. McWhirter let loose a spinning shot that clipped the bottom of the crossbar and bounced into the goal. It was the team-high fourth goal of the season for McWhirter and the third time she has scored in four AAC games.

Houston held a 20-5 edge in shots, including an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal and 3-0 in corner kicks. ECU goalie Maeve English finished with eight saves for the Pirates while Mikaela Garcia made one save for the Cougars.

East Carolina (7-7-1, 2-2-1 American Athletic Conference) will have a week off before returning to action with a trip to Tulsa on Sunday. The Pirates have won three straight games for the second time this season and are unbeaten in four straight games.

The Pirates also won 2-1 at home against Temple on Thursday night.

Goals in either half helped secure a come-from-behind victory for the team’s initial AAC win.

Morgan Dewey set up Samantha Moxie for the game-tying tally before, in the 68th minute, Sydney Schnell fed Tori Riggs inside the box for the eventual game-winner.


East Carolina finished with a 20-6 edge in shots and a 10-1 lead in corner kicks. The Pirates had 66% of the possession and had six shots on target compared to five for the Owls. Maeve English made four saves for East Carolina.

Volleyball sweep

East Carolina kept Temple winless in American Athletic Conference play Friday night, defeating the Owls 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-16) in Minges Coliseum.

The Pirates (7-8, 3-3 AAC) hit a sparkling .394 in the final set to finish at .222 while limiting Temple (4-12, 0-5) to a .109 showing. ECU also bested the visitors in kills (38-34), assists (35-31), aces (4-2) and digs (53-48). The teams ended up even in total blocks with six apiece.

Sydney Kleinman was the only player on either side with double figures in kills, collecting 13 as well as two aces and seven digs. Bri Wood completed the contest just one kill shy of a double-double, recording nine kills and 10 digs. Payton Evenstad tallied 16 assists and eight digs while Tia Shum anchored the back row with 16 digs of her own.

ECU put the clamps down in the third frame, racing out to a 9-2 cushion thanks to a strong serving run by Kleinman. Temple never threatened again as the Pirates clinched their sixth sweep of the season. East Carolina travels to Wichita State and Tulsa next weekend for a pair of American Conference matches.