Charlottesville, Va. (November 16, 2012) – Despite an early goal from redshirt junior forward Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON, Canada), Rutgers women’s soccer fell to No. 3 Virginia, 6-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night at Klöckner Stadium.
The Scarlet Knights end their season with a 13-8-1 mark, while the Cavaliers (18-4-1) advance to the round of 16, where they will face Duke on Sunday.
With the score, Filigno finishes in a tie for first place all-time at RU with 15 goals in 2012. The forward ranks atop the list with Carli Lloyd, Christa Aluotto, Kris Kurzynowski and Else Eichman-Dolan.
“The one thing I said to the team after the match was that the final score did not reflect our effort,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “We were playing one of the best teams in the country. We knew they were going to be fast and we had to be ready for it. I think we prepared well and I liked the way we came out, but once Virginia got their rhythm, it was tough.”
The Scarlet Knights got on the board first in the seventh minute, as senior forward April Price (Mechanicsville, Va.) broke through in the box, getting behind the Virginia back line. Price dished off to Filigno, who was able to dribble around the keeper and tap the ball in for a six-yard score.
The Cavaliers answered five minutes later, as a long through ball by Caroline Miller found Makenzy Doniak streaking down the field. As Emmy Simpkins (Concord, N.C.) came out to challenge, the freshman pushed a shot into the bottom left corner of the net to even the score.
Two quick goals by Virginia gave the Cavaliers a 3-1 lead with 24:16 to play in the first stanza. Danielle Colaprico struck a shot from the top of the 18-yard box and Miller followed nearly two minutes later with a punch in off a cross from Colaprico and Morgan Brian.
Virginia’s Miller added a goal in the 63rd minute, hitting the far post from 10 yards out after a through ball from Colaprico. Kaili Torres blasted a shot on net in the 77th minute that hit below the crossbar and bounced in to give UVA a 5-1 advantage. The final tally came from Kate Norbo with four minutes remaining, a hard shot from 25 yards out.
Simpkins made eight saves on the night.
* RU now holds a 6-5-3 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Glenn Crooks.
*With the score, Jonelle Filigno finishes in a tie for first place all-time at RU with 15 goals in 2012. The forward ranks atop the list with Carli Lloyd, Christa Aluotto, Kris Kurzynowski and Else Eichman-Dolan.
* The score came in the seventh minute, the fastest goal of the 2012 season. It marked the earliest goal for RU since Sept. 16, 2011 when Filigno scored in the fourth minute against Villanova.
* April Price posted her career-best fourth assist on the goal. The forward finishes her career with 27 points on 10 goals and seven helpers.
* RU ends the season with 13 wins, the most since 2009 (14) and tied for the fifth-most wins in program history.
*It marked the first time RU has allowed six goals since Oct. 15, 2000 at Connecticut (L, 6-1).
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