PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 6 2013) – Following an electrifying 2OT victory against Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference Quarterfinals, the Rutgers women’s soccer team is headed to Orlando, Fla., for the conference semifinals. The No. 3 Scarlet Knights will face No. 7 Memphis on Friday, Nov. 8 at the UCF Soccer Complex, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.
The appearance is RU’s first in a conference semifinal since 2006, when the squad advanced to the BIG EAST Finals.
RU (13-4-2, 5-3-1) will take on the Tigers (13-7, 4-5), which upset the No. 2 seeded Louisville Cardinals, 2-1 in 2OT in their quarterfinal match. The Scarlet Knights defeated Memphis, 3-2, at Yurcak Field earlier this season.
Semifinals: American All-Access
A goal by sophomore Rachel Cole (Teaneck, N.J.) with 17 seconds left in the second overtime gave RU the 2-1 victory over Cincinnati – its second over the Bearcats this season. The Scarlet Knights seek to go unbeaten against another conference opponent this season when they take on Memphis at the UCF Soccer Complex.
The Tigers boast the highest powered offense in the conference, leading the American with 51 goals scored through 20 games.
The No. 1 and No. 2 goal leaders in the American occupy spots on the Memphis roster. Valerie Sanderson leads the American with 17 goals this season, while Christabel Oduro is second with 15 goals. Behind Sanderson and Oduro, four Tigers are tied with three goals apiece - Nugene Nugent, Honeye Heydari, Marissa Duguay and Diamond Simpson.
Kaitlyn Atkins leads the American with 16 assists this season. As a team, the Tigers lead the league with 53 total assists and average 2.65 per game.
Maryse Bard-Martel has started every game in between the pipes for the Tigers this season. She owns a 1.39 goals against average (GAA) and a .745 save percentage and has recorded 79 saves this season. Her saves total is good for fourth in the conference.
Series vs. the Tigers
The Scarlet Knights are 1-0 all-time against the Tigers after defeating them, 3-2, at Yurcak Field earlier this season.
Both Memphis and Rutgers enter the American Athletic Conference Semifinals with similar characteristics. Both teams have 13 total wins, 13-win goalkeepers, enter on winning-streaks (Memphis four games, Rutgers two) and come off 2OT, 2-1 victories.
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