PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 15, 2013) – Junior forward Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) erupted for four goals – the most for an RU player since Sept. 23, 1984 – and the Rutgers women’s soccer team cruised to a 5-1 win against in-state rival Princeton Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field.
The Scarlet Knights (6-1-1) scored at least four goals in both of their weekend matches, the most goals in a two-game span since the team recorded eight in a pair of victories over Louisville (Oct. 12, 2012) and Cincinnati (Oct. 14, 2012) last season.
“We know Stef has it in her and I’m very happy for her, because there’s been hard work, there’s been more consistency and all four goals were fantastic finishes,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “You can tell she’s in tune, she’s not turning off and she’s just seeing things better.”
“We’re trying to get enough variety on the scoring charts as possible. We want different people to produce, so it’s great for the team.”
Freshman Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) put the finishing touches on the RU victory at the 77:40-minute mark, receiving a ball up the left side from redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) before drawing the keeper out and tapping the ball into a clear net.
The goal made it 5-1 RU, giving Filigno her second assist of the match and the Scarlet Knights their most goals since defeating Cincinnati, 5-0, on Oct. 14, 2012.
Princeton got on the board for its lone goal of the afternoon in the 55th minute, as Lauren Lazo beat the defense from five yards out for a goal.
Scholz, however, stole the show, scoring the most goals for a Rutgers player since Elyse Eichman-Dolan notched five on Sept. 23, 1984 – the inaugural season of Rutgers women’s soccer.
The forward came into the weekend without a goal this season, but now leads the team in the category following her four-goal performance against the Tigers and one-goal effort in a 4-0 victory over Bryant (Sept. 13).
The South Hackensack HS product recorded a hat-trick in just 18 minutes of play in the first half, giving the Scarlet Knights a 3-0 lead at the half.
Her first goal occurred at the 29:59-mark, as Filigno played a beautiful ball into a sprinting Scholz along the far side. The pass set Scholz up for a right-footed strike that beat the Princeton keeper back right to give RU a 1-0 lead.
From there Scholz kept the pressure one, getting on the board again two minutes later on a nifty unassisted goal from 20 yards out. Scholz broke through the defense and gained an open window, burying the shot in the back right of the net for a 2-0 RU lead.
Scholz wrapped up her first half hat-trick by cleaning up a near goal by classmate Amy Pietrangelo (Laval, Quebec, Canada), who blasted a crossbar shot from just outside the right of the box. Scholz was right in front of the net to clean up on the play, tapping the ball in for RU’s first hat-trick since Filigno on Aug. 29, 2011.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action next Friday at Yurcak Field, where they will battle former BIG EAST rival Villanova. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m., as the match will be broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T. The match will precede an 8 p.m. Rutgers men’s soccer match against SMU as the team opens up its American Athletic Conference schedule.
- Pietrangelo’s assist was her first point of the season.
- Redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) improved to 6-1-1 on the season after posting eight saves and allowing one goal. The eight saves were a career high and most for an RU keeper since former keeper Emmy Simpkins recorded eight on Nov. 16, 2012.
- With two assists, Filigno is now tied with sophomore Rachel Cole (Teaneck, N.J.) for the team lead with three assists on the season. She is also tied for second in goals with Tiernan (four) and leads the team with 11 points.
- After not recording a goal this season, Scholz posted five in two matches for the team lead. She is also third on the team with 14 shots.