PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 16, 2013) – After junior forward Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) recorded four goals against Princeton (Sept. 15) – the most for an RU player since 1984 – and five goals in two games, the American Athletic Conference named her Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Freshman Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) and redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) also received conference accolades, earning Rookie of the Week and a spot on the honor roll, respectively.
“I think Stef has put in the proper work, she’s been more consistent and I think some of the most impressive parts of the goals yesterday was the fact that she never really turned off in any capacity,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “She seems to be very in tune with the game and I think we could see that coming. We’ve seen flashes of what Stef can do up top and I know she can score goals. I feel very happy for her and for her team.”
With two major weekly honors (offensive, defensive, rookie or goalkeeper of the week), the Scarlet Knights (6-1-1) accomplished a feat that has not been acheived since Oct. 23, 2006 season, when Kristie Lang was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week and Erin Guthrie was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week.
Scholz notched four goals in 38 minutes of action in the 5-1 victory over Princeton, recording a hat-trick in just 18 minutes of play to close the first half. She entered the weekend without a goal this season, but scored in the 4-0 victory over Fordham (Sept. 13) before her career day against the Tigers.
Scholz is the first Rutgers player to earn conference offensive player of the week honors since redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) did it on Oct. 15, 2012 in the BIG EAST. Overall, Filigno earned the honor three times last year.
For Tiernan, it marks her second conference honor this season, as she represents the first conference rookie of the week since Sam Perretty in 2010.
“Madison is just so determined to get to goal and she’s strong, athletic but skillful as well,” Crooks said. “She’s a finisher. The goals that she’s scored have been placed really well.”
The forward scored a goal in both of Rutgers’ wins over the weekend, also recording an assist for a five-point weekend. Tiernan is now tied for second on the team with four goals and two assists.
Janosz found her spot on the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the second week this season after allowing one goal in 135 minutes of play. Janosz made eight saves in the 5-1 win over Princeton, lowering her goals against average (GAA) to 1.06.
“Jess made a couple of fantastic saves and there were also a couple of crosses that she deterred,” Crooks said. “She was very good Sunday, she did very well.”
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.
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