PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 23, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team will play its final two matches of the regular season this weekend, when the Scarlet Knights battle UConn on Thursday Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and face Temple on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. at Yurcak Field.
RU (11-3-2, 4-2-1 American) is currently in third place in the American Athletic Conference with 13 points and looks to secure a top-four seed in the conference tournament, which begins next week. The top-six finishers in league play will receive a first round bye, while the top-four finishers will host a quarterfinal match.
“We decided as a team after the UCF match to make this a three-game season,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “We got a point in our first game [against USF] in a hard-fought match and now there are two games left in that three-game season.
“We still have to take it one match at a time; there is no question about that. But these points are vital for us because we would like to be at home for the quarterfinal round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. We know that six points would clinch that.”
The Scarlet Knights will also look to rewrite history this weekend, as the squad looks to finish with an undefeated home record for just the third time in program history. At 9-0 this season, RU is tied for the most home wins in a single season.
RU tied USF, 2-2, on the road on Oct. 20 in its last time out. Junior Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) and Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) scored the RU goals in the draw.
Rutgers vs. UConn – Thursday, Oct. 24
Video: RVision, presented by AT&T
Radio: MTR Radio
Student Radio: WHUS 91.7 (UConn Student Radio)
Thursday’s match with UConn (10-7, 4-3) represents the Scarlet Knights’s “Pink Knight,” as the program will raise Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing all pink uniforms. Pink & Survivor T-Shirts will be on sale for $10 each and ZTA Sorority will be present selling “Pink” ribbons for $1 each. All proceeds go to the “ZTA Foundation for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.”
Prior to the match, the Scarlet Knights will honor the Vander Zee family at midfield for their generous contributions toward Rutgers women’s team’s new practice field. Intercollegiate Director of Athletics Julie Hermann will be in attendance to honor the family, as Crooks and the team will also show their appreciation for their new facility, named in honor of the Vander Zees.
Scouting UConn – Quick Kicks
• UConn enters Thursday’s match after dropping a tight, 3-2 match to the American’s top team, Louisville. The Huskies won their first match of the weekend, 1-0, in overtime over Cincinnati. Stephanie Ribeiro, who is second on the team with six goals this season, scored the game-winner in the match. With two matches remaining, UConn is in fifth place in the conference with 12 points behind Cincinnati (13 points) and Rutgers.
• The Huskies are led offensively by Rachel Hill, who is one of the most dynamic forwards in the league. Hill has 10 goals and five assists for 25 points this season and has recorded a team-high 75 shots in 17 matches. Behind her are Ribeiro with six goals and Riley Houle and Julie Hubbard, who each have four goals.
• In goal for the Huskies is Emily Armstrong, who owns six shutouts this season. She boasts a 1.17 GAA and .737 save percentage, allowing 20 goals in 17 matches.
• UConn is 1-3 on the road this season, with its lone away victory coming at Boston College on Aug. 28 (1-0).
• UConn leads the all-time series, 2-15-4. The Huskies took the most recent meeting between the two schools, 3-1, last season in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament.
Rutgers vs. Temple – Sunday, Oct. 27 | 1 p.m.
Radio: MTR Radio
Student Radio: WRSU 88.7 (Rutgers Student Radio)
RU’s Sunday, Oct. 27 match vs. Temple marks the contest of the season and represents “Senior Day.” The team will honor its four seniors – Tricia DiPaolo (Sparta, N.J.), Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada), Maria Gerew (Toms River, N.J.) and redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) – prior to the match.
Scouting Temple – Quick Kicks
• Temple enters its weekend on a six-match losing streak and will take on Memphis on Thursday, Oct. 24 before visiting Piscataway. The Owls lost six straight matches after winning their conference-opener, 2-0, over Houston (Sept. 26).
• The Owls have a trio of players with three goals this season – Erin Lafferty, Ingrid Mello and Kirk Alyssa.
• Shauni Kerkhoff has started all 16 matches in net for the Owls this season, boasting a 1.10 GAA and .824 save percentage.
• The Scarlet Knights are 2-1-2 all-time against Temple, winning the most recent meeting between the two schools, 6-0, at Yurcak Field on Aug. 26, 2005.
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