MORGANTOWN, WV – The Rutgers women’s soccer team (7-4-3, 1-1 BIG EAST) fell to the eighth-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers (11-2, 2-1 BIG EAST) 2-0 Oct. 10 at the Mountaineer Complex.
Rutgers had several excellent scoring opportunities in the first half, including Domenique Esposito’s (Rivervale, NJ) shot wide of the post in the opening minutes, an Adrienne Dugandzic (Sicklerville, NJ) try from the penalty stripe that sailed high, and a run out of the back by Lissette Brandao (Rahway, NJ). Despite the Scarlet Knights’ best efforts, the match was scoreless at halftime.
Nicole Cauzillo got the Mountaineers on the board in the 52nd minute, heading a cross into the upper 90. Chrissie Abbott then converted a penalty kick, the first one the RU defense has given up this year, in the 67th minute for the final margin.
“I thought that we played very well in the first half and created some very nice goal-scoring opportunities for ourselves,” fourth-year head coach Glenn Crooks said. “When the second half started, we looked great, and I thought we controlled play right up until they scored the first goal. We changed the way we played after that goal, and didn’t handle that adversity as well as we could have. We stopped doing the things that had caused us to play so well up to that point.”
Freshman Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made five saves in the loss (5-4-3). For the first time this season, the Scarlet Knights were outshot by their opponent (19-9), and RU committed 18 fouls compared to the Mountaineers’ five.
Rutgers was ranked tied for sixth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and eighth by Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week (Oct. 6). West Virginia was rated eight by the NSCAA, sixth by Soccer America, ninth by Soccerbuzz and eighth by SoccerTimes.com nationally, and second by both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Rutgers will finish its BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic Division road trip at Pittsburgh Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1:00 p.m.
No. 8 West Virginia 2, Rutgers 0; Mountaineer Complex; Morgantown, WV
Score By Periods
Rutgers 0 0 0
West Virginia 0 2 2
Shots: RU 9, WVU 19. Corner Kicks: RU 1, WVU 2. Saves: RU 5, WVU 2. Fouls: RU 18, WVU 5. Offsides: RU 3, WVU 2. Yellow Cards: RU 2 (Steadman, Lloyd), WVU 1.
WVU 51:32 Nicole Cauzillo Chrissie Abbott
WVU 66:26 Abbott