GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Coastal Carolina in exhibition match Sunday afternoon at the ECU Soccer Stadium. The Pirates took the field with 13 newcomers, including four freshmen in the starting lineup.
"We got to integrate everybody and see a lot of players compete in a live atmosphere this afternoon," Pirate head coach Rob Donnenwirth said. "I thought it was a good baptism for our young players to see what it's like to play at the Division I level.
"There were moments of good possession play, but too many times things were disrupted by a technical error. We need to learn to play quicker and not be as hasty in our decision making. We've got an entire new back line and I'm really proud of their performance today. They didn't allow Coastal many opportunities in the danger areas."
Fia Johnson, the 2012 Big South Freshman-of-the-Year, scored the match's lone goal in the 69th minute as her 40-yard shot floated over the outstretch arm of Pirate goalkeeper Erika Lenns into the upper left corner.
As time wound down, the Pirates began to play with a greater sense of urgency, recording five shots in the final 20 minutes. Stephanie Seagrave nearly tied the game in the 80th minutes, but Chanticleer goalkeeper Faith Farley deflected her shot off the post to preserve the lead.
Despite struggling to find the back of the net, the Pirates held a 9-6 advantage in shots. Skylar Poole and Kelly Miller record three shots each.
Lenns and fellow junior goalkeeper Ally Glover registered one save apiece. Farley and Megan Spencer had two saves each for the Chanticleers.
ECU opens the season Aug. 23 when its travels to face Davidson at Alumni Stadium on the Davidson College campus. The Pirates and Wildcats will meet for the third straight season and fifth time overall. ECU leads the all-time series, 4-0.