After starting the season 5-1-2, the East Carolina women's soccer team has received national recognition. With two straight shutouts against in-state foes Campbell and UNC Wilmington, the Pirates are ranked 13th in the Southeast Region according to Soccer Buzz, the exclusive collegiate publication for women's soccer.
The ranking is the highest for ECU since 1999, when they were ranked 10th going into the final week of the season. That team would go on to finish 11-5.
North Carolina (6-2) is currently ranked first in the Southeast Region followed by Florida State (5-2-1), South Carolina (8-1), Florida (4-2-2) and Wake Forest (5-3-1). Charlotte (5-3, 9th) and N.C. State (5-1-2, 15th) round out the six North Carolina schools ranked in the top 15. Conference USA foe UCF is also ranked in the top 15, coming in 10th with a record of 4-2-2.
The Pirates return to action this Saturday, Sept. 29 as they host Francis Marion. Kick-off is slated for 3:00 p.m.