PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 20, 2013) – Behind the feet of redshirt senior Tricia DiPaolo (Sparta, N.J.) and junior Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.), the Rutgers women’s soccer team earned a late 2-1 victory Friday night at Yurcak Field. Scholz converted the game-winner with 0:31 seconds remaining off a ball from DiPaolo, who earned her second assist of the game on the cap.
With the victory, RU (7-1-1) maintains its four-match unbeaten streak (3-0-1) as it heads into its conference opener next Friday at Cincinnati.
“Tricia played with an unbelievable urgency tonight,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “She continues to find her game at right back – not her natural position – and she’s defending better from that position, she’s attacking better out of that position and she’s really seeing it.
“You see the kind of service that Trish can get, and both finishes were class. The game-winner by Scholz was phenomenal, and that was just and absolutely unbelievable finish.”
The Scarlet Knights came out firing in the second half, outshooting the Wildcats (3-4-2) a convincing, 16-1. RU put 10 of its 22 shots for the game on goal, with Scholz’s game-winner guiding the Scarlet Knights to victory.
Scholz now leads the team with six goals on the season, all of which have come in the last three games. After her two-assist match, DiPaolo is now tied for the team lead with three assists.
Redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) improved to 7-1-1 on the season. She made three saves and allowed Nova’s lone goal in the 40th minute of action.
Freshman Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) knotted the game up at 1-1 in the 72nd minute on a header in front of the net. DiPaolo sent a perfect ball in from 30 yards out that led to a Tiernan volley to tie the match.
Tiernan is now second on the team with five goals after scoring in three consecutive matches.
The Scarlet Knights are off until Friday, Sept. 27, when they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to open their American Athletic Conference slate against Cincinnati. RU blanked the Bearcats, 5-0, last season at Yurcak Field and holds an 8-2-1 all-time advantage.
- With the victory, RU is now 7-1-1 on the year – its best start since beginning the 2009 season with the same record.
- Scholz earned her first start of the season against the Wildcats. It marked the first start for Scholz since Oct. 27, 2011.
- Scholz’s six goals in three games are the most for an RU player since redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) opened the first three matches of 2012 with five goals. Former RU player Ashley Jones also recorded five goals from Sept. 13-20 during the 2009 season.
- DiPaolo recorded her seventh and eighth career helpers Friday night against Villanova. It was the first multi-assist game of her career.
- Tiernan and Scholz are the first RU players to score in three consecutive matches since Filigno did so to open last season. Filigno scored five of RU’s six goals to open the year.
- Filigno left the match in the first half with an injury, but returned to play the second half.
- RU recorded at least 20 shots (22) for the third-straight game and fourth time this season. The Scarlet Knights have not achieved that feat since beginning the 2009 season with 23, 21 and 28 shots in its first three matches.
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