Copley's goal lifts ECU women's soccer to 1-0 win at Charlotte

Published: Sep. 15, 2019 at 5:24 PM EDT
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Despite being outshot 17-7, the ECU soccer team topped Charlotte 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

"We could not be more proud of the ladies," said head coach Jason Hamilton. "To win on the road on a Sunday against a quality team like Charlotte really shows a ton of grit."

ECU improves to 3-3-1 on the season while Charlotte drops to 5-2-0. The win was the 50th of Hamilton's head coaching career, which includes 13 wins in charge of the Pirates.

Most of the offense in the first half was produced by Charlotte. The 49ers took 12 shots in the period while ECU only had four shots. However, it was the Pirates that got the only goal of the half, scoring in the 16th minute. Tori Riggs pounced on a loose ball in the offensive end and found Daria Draovitch on the right wing. Draovitch whipped a cross into the box and Cashlin Copley rose up between a pair of defenders and scored on a headed effort. It was the second goal of the season for Copley.

"We talked about controlling what we can control," Hamilton said. "How hard we work, how much we compete and executing our game plan. I thought we did a tremendous job of that today."

In the second half, ECU slowed down the 49er offense. Charlotte was able to get off five shots in the second half, with just two of them forcing ECU goalkeeper Melanie Stiles into a save.

Charlotte finished with a 17-7 advantage in shots and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Stiles finished with five stops to complete ECU’s third shutout of the season. Abby Stapleton made three stops for Charlotte.

"We were due for one of those games," added Hamilton. "We've been on the other end of games that we had more of the ball, more shots, more corners but did not get the result we wanted. You have to find a way to win games where you aren't the better team on the stat sheet and we were able to do that today."

ECU returns home on Wednesday night to host ACC foe NC State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., inside Johnson Stadium.