PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 27, 2014 – The Rutgers women’s soccer team returns to Yurcak Field Friday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. to face in-state rival Seton Hall. The match, the first of a doubleheader with the Rutgers men’s soccer team at Yurcak, will be broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T. Danny Breslauer and Glenn Crooks will be on the call.
The Scarlet Knights’ match vs. Seton Hall represents Alumni Night, as the program invites all RU women’s soccer alums and their guests to attend the contest at a discounted ticket rate of $5. Alumni only will also gain exclusive field access throughout the match. Alumni are urged to RSVP for the event by end of day, Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Rutgers (2-0, 0-0) looks to begin the season 3-0 for the third consecutive year. The Scarlet Knights rolled through their first weekend of competition, defeating Stony Brook, 3-1, on Aug. 22, and topping Vanderbilt, 3-0, on Aug. 24. Senior Amy Pietrangelo (Laval, Quebec, Canada) recorded her first career two-goal match against the Commodores, while sophomore Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) accomplished the same feat for the first time in her career in the season opener vs. the Seawolves.
Rutgers Quick Kicks
• With a 2-0 start to the season, as well as wins against Temple and Cincinnati and draws vs. Memphis, UCF and West Virginia to close 2013, RU currently rides a seven-match unbeaten streak dating back to last season.
• Rutgers posted six goals in its first two matches, the most since outscoring the opposition, 7-1, to start the 2010 season. It is the eighth time in the program’s 31-year history that it posted at least six goals in the first two matches. The 2005 and 2003 teams set the goals record through two games, outscoring the opposition, 8-0.
• Senior Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) recorded her first goal of the season against Vanderbilt (Aug. 24) and now has 16 for her career. She is two goals away from tying for 10th on the all-time RU list.
• RU tallied at least three goals in consecutive matches for the first time since last season when the team beat Bryant, 4-0 (Sept. 13), and topped Princeton, 5-1 (Sept. 15).
• Rutgers posted 19 shots in each of its first two games. The Scarlet Knights have recorded double-digit shots in 20 of their last 24 matches dating back to the 2013 season.
Scouting Seton Hall
• The Pirates visit Piscataway for the first time since Oct. 21, 2011. The two teams played to a 2-2 draw in that match.
• Entering with a 1-1 record, Seton Hall defeated Marist, 2-0, in its season opener (Aug. 22) and fell to Rider, 1-0, in its second contest (Aug. 25) of opening week.
• D’Yonna Riley is the only Pirate to score through two matches. Her goal in the 23rd minute against Marist went down as the game-winner, before the Red Foxes tallied an own-goal in the 76th to make it a 2-0 Seton Hall final.
• Junior Gina Maiorana started the first two matches in net for the Pirates, allowing one goal. As a sophomore in 2013, Maiorana made eight starts and finished with a 5-3-0 record and four shutouts.
• Head coach Rick Stainton, like Rutgers head coach Mike O’Neill, enters his first season at the helm of the program. The former Seton Hall assistant worked in the program for two seasons and was formerly the head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson.
All-Time Series vs. the Pirates
• The Scarlet Knights own an 11-7-1 advantage over Seton Hall all-time. The two teams last met on Oct. 19, 2012, a 2-0 Rutgers victory. Junior Rachel Cole (Teaneck, N.J.) and Scholz provided the goals for RU.
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