PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 13, 2013) – Four goals from four different players, led by three-point performances from sophomore Rachel Cole (Teaneck, N.J.) and freshman Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.), lifted the Rutgers women’s soccer team (5-1-1) to a 4-0 win Friday night over Bryant (3-4).
It was RU’s first four-goal outing since the squad defeated Fordham, 4-1, on Aug. 29, 2011.
“It’s nice to get back into the win column,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “On Sunday [against William and Mary] we struggled to score and had a lot of opportunities, so it was nice to see some clinical finishing tonight. All the goals were really well taken for us.”
The Scarlet Knights outshot the Bulldogs 21-5 in the match, as redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) got things going in the 30th minute with an eight-yard strike on an assist from Tiernan. The goal was her team-leading fourth of the season, and gave RU an early 1-0 lead.
From there RU kept the pressure on, as Cole notched a highlight reel goal 10 minutes later from 30 yards out. The forward let loose from way out, beating the Bryant keeper in the back right corner for her first goal of the season.
Cole took another shot from around the same spot with 30 seconds remaining in the half, this time hitting of the crossbar and deflecting to junior Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.), who capped it in front of the net. That score was Scholz’s first of the season and first since RU defeated Seton Hall, 2-0, on Oct. 19, 2012.
Scholz’s goal also gave Cole her team-leading third assist of the season.
Tiernan made it a 4-0 game in the 69th minute on an unassisted goal, as she ran up the left side, broke through the defense and beat Kaylan Conrad right for her third goal of the season.
Redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) improved to 5-1-1 on the season, as her and sophomore Alana Jimenez (Ocean, N.J.) pitched a combined shutout.
The Scarlet Knights return to Yurcak Field on Sunday, when they welcome intrastate foe Princeton for a 2:30 p.m. matchup. The contest will be broadcast live by RVision, presented by AT&T, and follow the Rutgers men’s soccer team’s noon contest match against South Carolina.
- Jimenez recorded a career-high four saves and 45 minutes, as she played the entire second half.
- Filigno recorded her 15th-career game-winner and is now tied for first all-time with Kris Kurzynowski (1988-91) and Carli Lloyd (2001-04)
- Filigno scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season. With 29 goals, she is now 10 caps away from Christa Aluotto (1989-92) for third on the all-time list.
- RU recorded at least 20 shots (21) for the second time this season and most since Sept. 1 against Fordham (28).
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