PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 27, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team defeated Temple, 2-0, Sunday afternoon on “Senior Day” to secure a No. 3 seed and quarterfinal spot in the American Athletic Conference Tournament . Sophomore Erica Skroski (Galloway, N.J.) notched her third goal and second game-winner of the season, as junior Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) iced the game with a goal in the 81st minute.
Prior to the match, the program honored 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.).
“It’s been one of our hopes all along that we would be home for that quarterfinal game,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “It’s nice for everyone, especially for the people that have supported us all year. The ability to be home and have a crowd like we did today that is so supportive – it means the world.”
With the victory and a 5-1 UConn loss to Memphis, RU (12-4-2, 5-3-1 American) secured the No. 3 seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. That means The Scarlet Knights will play the No. 6 seed Cincinnati (8-10-1, 4-4-1 American) next Sunday at Yurcak Field. RU defeated the Bearcats, 1-0, earlier this season.
The final conference standings of the 2013 regular season are listed below:
1. UCF 8-0-1 15-2-2 25
2. Louisville 8-1 12-4-1 24
3. Rutgers 5-3-1 12-4-2 16
4. UConn 5-4 11-8 15
5 USF 4-3-2 9-4-4 14
6. Cincinnati 4-4-1 8-10-1 13
7. Memphis 4-5 11-7 12
8. SMU 3-5-1 8-8 7
9. Temple 1-8 6-11-1 3
10. Houston 0-8 1-11-3 0
Scholz capped the victory in the 81st minute with a highlight-reel goal, dribbling through three defenders and striking a ball to the far corner of the net for her 10th goal of the season. Scholz is the second player since 2004 to record at least 10 goals in a single season.
Skroski earned her third goal of the season on an RU corner, as freshman Jennifer Andresen (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) earned her third assist on the play. Andresen sent the ball in, skipping to Skroski in front who blasted a shot dead on for the score in the 37th minute.
RU held Temple (6-11-1, 1-8 American) to six shots in the match, the fewest allowed by the Scarlet Knights since allowing six to Villanova on Sept. 20.
The Scarlet Knights will be back on Yurcak Field next Sunday against Cincinnati. The kickoff time is set for 1 p.m.
- Rutgers set a new home wins record for a single-season, notching its 10th against Temple.
- Scholz became the second player since 2004 to record at least 10 goals in a single season.
- Redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) made three saves in the win, dropping her GAA and save percentage to 1.12 and .740, respectively. It was her sixth shutout of the season and 10th of her career.
- RU’s 21 shots were the most it recorded since posting 22 on Sept. 20 in a 2-1 win over Villanova. It was the team’s fifth match this season in which it recorded at least 20 shots.
- Andresen moved into a tie for second on the team with her third assist of the season.
- RU’s 12 wins were the most the squad has recorded in a regular season since the 2009 squad went 13-2-4.
- Crooks earned his 199th career victory against the Owls, making him one victory shy of 200 for his career.
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