Pirates unbeaten streak, extended shutout streak to draw at VCU

RICHMOND, Virginia – The East Carolina football team tied the VCU Rams 0-0 on Sunday. The match extended the Pirates unbeaten streak to four games, all without giving up a goal.

Maeva English was once again stellar, controlling things in goal for ECU and making four more saves. The clean sheet was the fourth in a row for her this season and the 10e on his career.

Despite the lack of goals, the Pirates had a few chances. Catherine Holbrook and Sydney Schnell had perhaps the best chance. Holbrook’s chance came inside the 18 in the first half when she powered a shot into the left half of the goal before VCU keeper Whitney Horton made a diving save.

Schnell again came close to finding the net with a chance in the second half. Attacking from the right side, the junior striker got behind Horton and saw the goal proper. But for a team save made by a VCU defender, Schnell would have had a winner. Possession was not over, however, as Holbrook had another chance, only this time narrowly missing the top left corner of the frame for a Rams goal kick.

It was a back-and-forth affair with both teams trading possession and scoring chances, but time and again the defenses held firm.

Key statistics

  • The four-game shutout streak is the longest since 2014, when the Pirates had five straight clean sheets.
  • ECU has now gone 400 minutes and 27 seconds without giving up a goal dating back to the second half of the game in South Carolina on August 21.
  • VCU outshot the Pirates 18-10, 4-3 on shots and shots on goal, as well as 7-3 on corners, but the reigning AAC Defensive Player of the Week Abby Sowa and her teammates on the ECU back line held their ground again.


The Pirates once again play on the road Thursday in a tilt with George Mason at 5 p.m. The game will be available to stream on ESPN+.

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