PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 22, 2014) – A two-goal effort from sophomore Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) and the first-career goal from classmate Jennifer Andresen (Wyckoff, N.J.) propelled the Rutgers women’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over Stony Brook Friday night at Yurcak Field. The match was the first intercollegiate competition for Rutgers as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
The win was also the first for Mike O’Neill as head coach of the program, which improved to 22-5-4 all-time on opening night.
Tiernan got things going early for the Scarlet Knights in the fifth minute, receiving a ball in front of the net from senior Amy Pietrangelo (Laval, Quebec, Canada) and finishing right. With the goal, Tiernan scored on opening night for the second consecutive season, as she also tallied the game-winner against Drexel on Aug. 23, 2013 in her first collegiate game.
However, she would not stop there, as the 2014 Big Ten Player to Watch got on the board again in the 62nd minute off a throw-in from junior back Brianne Reed (Tinton Falls, N.J.). Reed threw the ball into the box from the left sideline, which was tapped by redshirt junior Amanda DeVolk (Frisco, Texas) up ahead to Tiernan, who blasted the ball into the net.
Andresen closed the scoring for the Scarlet Knights with the first goal of her career in the 74th minute. Redshirt senior Tori Leigh (Hamilton, N.J.) sent a ball into the box on a set piece and had it headed forward by sophomore Jessica Puchalski (South Brunswick, N.J.) to the streaking Andresen on the right side, who beat the keeper left.
The Seawolves would get on the board courtesy of a free kick goal by Maxie New in the 82nd minute, but it would not be enough, as freshman Casey Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J.), in her first-career action, put on a show. The rookie made five saves in the contest, including a highlight reel diving punch out in the second half off a deep strike by Hannah Groth.
Defensively, the Scarlet Knights held Stony Brook to just five shots in each half.
RU is back in action on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. against Vanderbilt at Yurcak Field. The Scarlet Knights will look to start 2-0 for the third-straight season. RVision, presented by AT&T, will broadcast the match live, with Danny Breslauer and Glenn Crooks on the call.
- Head coach Mike O’Neill secured his first victory as head coach and improved to 4-0 all-time in his coaching career. As associate head coach, O’Neill was credited with three RU wins (Seton Hall, Sept. 18, 2009; Stony Brook, Aug. 14, 2010; Colgate, Aug. 27, 2010).
- With the victory, O’Neill improved to 2-0 all-time against Stony Brook, which accounts for half of his career wins.
- The Scarlet Knights are now 22-5-4 all-time on opening night.
- Rutgers improved to 7-0-1 all-time against Stony Brook and has won the last three matches against the Seawolves by a combined 8-1.
- Tiernan tallied the first multi-goal game of her career, while also recording new career-highs in shots (seven) and tying her career-high of three shots on goal.
- Andresen, who posted three points on three assists in her rookie campaign, recorded the first goal of her career.
- DeVolk notched the first assist of her career on Tiernan’s second goal. It was her first point since Aug. 31, 2012.
- RU tallied three goals for the first time since Oct. 4, 2013 against Memphis (RU 3, UM 2).
- The Scarlet Knights are on a six-match unbeaten streak dating back to Oct. 27, 2013. RU closed the 2013 season with three-straight draws.
- Rutgers posted its most shots since recording 21 in a 2-0 win over Temple on Oct. 27, 2013. The team also recorded its most shots on goal (nine) since Sept. 27, 2013 against Cincinnati, a 1-0 Rutgers win.
- Junior Hayley Katkowski (Westford, Mass.) started her 45th consecutive game in the midfield for Rutgers.
- Seeing the first action of their career were Murphy, freshman Courtney Norton (Mount Laurel, N.J.) and junior Cassidy Benintente (Jackson, N.J.).
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