MORGNATOWN, W.Va. (Nov. 17, 2013) – After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, No. 12/9 West Virginia prevailed, 3-0, in a penalty kick shootout to end the Rutgers women’s soccer team’s season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The loss in penalty kicks was the second-straight for RU, which closed the season with 360:99 minutes of scoreless soccer dating back to RU’s 2-1 win in 2OT over Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference Quarterfinals.
RU finished the season with 13 wins for the second consecutive year, advancing to its third NCAA Tournament in the past five seasons. The Scarlet Knights qualified for their eighth NCAA Tournament in program history this season, also advancing to their first conference final since 2006.
“Sara Keane did a great job. I’ve known Sara a long time and give credit to Sara for making a couple of big saves” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “I can’t take tell you how many emails and text messages after last weekend’s games I got from Rutgers people, especially after the UCF game saying how proud they were of the girls and how well they represented Rutgers University.
“Tonight was the same thing. It was the same effort, but we played better football. The result is difficult but I really enjoyed the experience of tonight.”
The Scarlet Knights (13-4-5, 5-3-1) and Mountaineers (16-3-3, 7-1) had a number of opportunities to score in regulation and overtime, with the teams notching seven and nine shots on goal, respectively.
Redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) recorded her third consecutive clean sheet in a nine-save effort, nearly tying the career-high of 10 she set last weekend in the American Athletic Conference Championship game.
West Virginia will face No. 4 Virginia Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
WVU’s Francis Silva converts, 1-0 WVU.
Sophomore Erica Skroski (Galloway, N.J.) misses, 1-0 WVU after Rd. 1.
WVU’s Kadeisha Buchanan converts, 2-0 WVU.
Junior Amy Pietrangelo (Laval, Quebec, Canada) misses, 2-0 WVU after Rd. 2.
WVU’s Jess Crowder Converts, 3-0 WVU.
Redshirt senior Jonelle Filgino (Mississauga, Canada) misses, 3-0 WVU FINAL.
- RU played its fourth consecutive 20T game against the Mountaineers, the first time in program history that feat has occurred.
- The Scarlet Knights had a match decided by penalty kicks for the third consecutive match, the longest such streak in program history.
- Janosz recorded her third-straight shutout. She did not allow a goal in her final 360:99 minutes of soccer.
- Janosz ends her RU career with 12 shutouts, solidifying her spot at No. 7 all-time in school history.
- RU’s backline of Skroski, redshirt senior Tricia DiPaolo (Sparta, N.J.), freshman Erin Smith (Medford Lakes, N.J.) and sophomore Brianne Reed (Tinton Falls, N.J.) logged all 110 minutes of action for the third-straight match.
- The Scarlet Knights dropped to 9-1-2 this season when besting the opposition in corner kicks. Rutgers recorded five to the Mountaineers’ three Saturday night.
- Rutgers notched double-digit shots (17) for the fifth time in six games. The Scarlet Knights recorded at least 10 shots in 17 of 21 matches this season.
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