PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 12, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team returns to Piscataway for a pair of weekend matches, as the Scarlet Knights take on Bryant on Friday, Sept. 13 (5:30 p.m.) and in-state rival Princeton on Sunday, Sept. 15 (2:30 p.m.) at Yurcak Field.
Both matches will be broadcast live by RVision, presented by AT&T, and will be part of the first Rutgers soccer doubleheader with the men’s soccer squad this season.
RU’s matchup with Princeton on Sunday marks the 2013 Student Kickoff Party. The first 200 students to arrive to the game will receive a free pair of Rutgers sunglasses, as the Scarlet Knight mascot will be in attendance to get the crowd going.
“Bryant is a good side,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to results to be honest with you because we’re all in the same boat in the early part of the season working things out. But they’ve got athletic forwards and that could give anybody a hard time.
“The game against Princeton, no matter what the circumstances it always has a special feel to it. We’ve played them in the regular season, we’ve played them in the NCAA Tournament and I can’t remember too many games that were lopsided at all. Your expectation is that it’s going to be a really tight game.”
RU enters the weekend after going 0-1-1 at the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic in Charlottesville, Va. The Scarlet Knights fell to No. 2 Virginia, 6-0, before regrouping to tie William and Mary, 1-1, in their final match of the weekend. A trio of Rutgers athletes – redshirt seniors Tricia DiPaolo (Sparta, N.J.) and Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) and freshman Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) – were named to the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team.
Through six matches, Filigno continues to lead RU with seven points (3g, 1a), with redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) boasting a 1.15 goals against average (GAA) average during her 4-1-1 start in net. Sophomores Brianne Reed (Tinton Falls, N.J.) and Erica Skrosksi (Galloway, N.J.) continue to anchor the Scarlet Knights backline, averaging 88.6 and 87.3 minutes per match, respectively.
Bryant (3-3) ventures “To the Banks” after defeating Holy Cross, 1-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to pull to .500 for the season. Rachael Ivanicki, who is second on the team with two caps, scored the game-winner in the 86th minute to give Bryant the victory – its third in a row.
Amid Bryant’s current three-game winning streak, it has outscored the opposition, 6-1, and outshot opponents, 45-25. Suzanne Sanders has scored three goals in the past three games for the team lead, including two in the team’s 2-0 shutout victory over Delaware State (Sept. 1).
Rookie goalkeeper Kaylan Conrad has allowed six goals in five matches this season, earning her a 1.20 GAA, while senior Lauren Viverito picked up the victory in Bryant’s most recent match.
Friday night’s meeting is the first time the two schools will meet. Bryant also marks the only Northeast Conference (NEC) opponent RU will play this season.
The in-state rival Tigers kicked off their 2013 season off this past weekend with a pair of victories over Richmond (Sept. 6) and Army (Sept. 8). Tyler Lussi and Lauren Lazzo, who lead the team with three and two goals, respectively, notched their first scores of the season in Princeton’s season-opening 2-0 win over Richmond.
Lussi’s hot start transitioned to the team’s match with Army, against which she scored two goals en route to a 3-0 win. Darcy Hargadon posted a pair of shutouts in the first two matches, making a combined three saves.
Before stopping in Piscataway, Princeton will travel to South Orange, N.J. to face RU’s former BIG EAST rival Seton Hall on Thursday, Sept. 12.
The Scarlet Knights own the all-time advantage over their longtime rival with a 14-8-3 record. Rutgers has won its last two matches against Princeton by scores of 2-0, as the two schools last played on Sept. 3, 2010.
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