UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – The Rutgers women’s soccer team (10-6-5) used a 4-3 advantage in penalty kicks to advance in the NCAA Tournament, topping Maryland (11-8-2) in the first round Nov. 14 at Jeffrey Field in University Park, PA.
The two teams were knotted at 1-1 following regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtime sessions, setting the stage for the penalty kicks. Junior Risa Radin (Marlboro, NJ) began the PKs, knocking hers in to give Rutgers a 1-0 lead. RU freshman keeper Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) got a piece of the Terrapins’ first kick to keep Maryland off the board, but the Scarlet Knights then missed their second kick and a bad hop allowed the Terps’ second try to find the back of the net, evening the kicks at 1-1 following two rounds.Junior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) didn’t have great placement on her attempt, but the velocity and force of the shot carried it in to give Rutgers a 2-1 lead. Maryland made its third attempt to draw even at 2-2. Freshman Domenique Esposito (Rivervale, NJ) drilled her shot, which was followed by another Terp conversion, and senior Adrienne Dugandzic (Sicklerville, NJ) buried her shot to give RU a 4-3 advantage. A Maryland goal would mean extra PK sessions, but the fifth Terp was wide left of the goal, allowing the Scarlet Knights to seal the best-of-five competition.
“Ever since the BIG EAST Tournament, we’ve taken penalty kicks pretty frequently during our training sessions,” fourth-year head coach Glenn Crooks said. “Risa has been our strongest at PKs in training so she led off and did a tremendous job. Carli’s shot wasn’t the best spot, but she hit it so hard that it went in. Domenique and Adrienne just drilled theirs. Robyn was terrific in goal. She got her hands on four of the five. The fifth one that they hit wide, I really think she would have stopped it, anyway, if it had been inside the post.”
Lloyd got RU on the scoreboard in the 26th minute, one-timing a cross from junior Meghan Cameron
(Succasunna, NJ). Maryland evened the match in the 63rd minute, as one of the Terps got loose and lofted in a shot from 20 yards out.
“We created so many good opportunities that it really felt like the score could have been 3-1 or 4-1,” stated Crooks. “We defended very well, and really only let them get one good chance on goal, and Maryland was able to take advantage and score. I just hope we can play the same way on Sunday because, if we do, it should be a great match.”
Rutgers will take on No. 6 Penn State (17-2-3), a 5-1 winner against Navy (17-5-1) of the other first-round match, on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.
Rutgers was ranked sixth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and ninth by Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week (Nov. 10). Maryland was rated 22nd nationally by Soccer America and received votes in the NSCAA and SoccerTimes.com polls. The Terrapins also were ranked fifth by both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Rutgers 1, Maryland 1; Rutgers Advances on PKs, 4-3; NCAA Tournament First Round; Jeffrey Field; University Park, PA
Score By Periods
Rutgers 1 0 0 0 1
Maryland 0 1 0 0 0
Shots: RU 27, MD 13. Corner Kicks: RU 9, MD 3. Saves: RU 5, MD 10. Fouls: RU 10, MD 11. Offsides: RU 2, MD 1. Yellow Cards: RU 0, MD 1.
Score By Periods
Time Goal Assist
RU 25:28 Carli Lloyd (12) Meghan Cameron (1)
MD 62:42 Katie Ludwig
SHOOT-OUT attempt by RUTGERS Risa Radin MADE off Kristen Barnhill.
SHOOT-OUT attempt by MARYLAND Kimmy Francis MISSED, save Robyn Jones.
SHOOT-OUT attempt by RUTGERS Lissette Brandao MISSED, save Kristen Barnhill.
SHOOT-OUT attempt by MARYLAND Lindsay Givens MADE off Robyn Jones.
SHOOT-OUT attempt by RUTGERS Carli Lloyd MADE off Kristen Barnhill.
SHOOT-OUT attempt by MARYLAND Ali Andrzejewski MADE off Robyn Jones.
SHOOT-OUT attempt by RUTGERS Domenique Esposito MADE off Kristen Barnhill.
SHOOT-OUT attempt by MARYLAND Audra Poulin MADE off Robyn Jones.
SHOOT-OUT attempt by RUTGERS Adrienne Dugandzic MADE off Kristen Barnhill.
SHOOT-OUT attempt by MARYLAND Danielle Malagari MISSED, save Robyn Jones.
RUTGERS ADVANCES ON SHOOTOUT