VILLANOVA, PA – The Villanova Wildcats received two goals from Megan Foster and registered a 5-1 victory over Rutgers on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium. The loss drops Rutgers’ record to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the BIG EAST, while the Wildcats improve to 5-3 and 1-1 in the BIG EAST.
Villanova opened the scoring just 2:58 into the contest, as Foster scored off a penalty corner to give Villanova a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats quickly built on their advantage when Stephanie Campbell took a pass from Foster and scored off a rebound.
After quickly falling behind, the Rutgers defense settled in and did not allow another goal for the rest of the first half. The Scarlet Knights outshot Villanova 8-7 in the first half but the Wildcats had nine penalty corners, two of which they scored off of. Courtney Hudson (Churchville, PA) and Kara Spector (Easton, MD) led the first half offensive effort with two shots apiece.
Villanova extended its lead with a pair of goals within eight minutes of each other early in the second half. Lauren Campanelli beat RU goalie Kristin Van Rooij (Den Bosh, The Netherlands) from just inside the circle before Rory Rodgers, a preseason All-BIG EAST selection, scored off a scramble in front of the goal.
Foster scored her second goal on the contest with 33 seconds to play in regulation. Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ) netted her team-leading fifth goal of the season for RU on a penalty stroke as time expired.
Van Rooij made five saves in goal while Villanova’s Erin Scott stropped six shot. The Wildcats outshot Rutgers 18-8, including 11-0 in the second half.
Rutgers returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 26, as it travels to West Chester for a noon contest against the Golden Rams.