PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 22, 2012) – No. 23 Rutgers women’s soccer wraps up its home stretch this weekend against Bucknell on Friday, Aug. 24, followed by Siena on Sunday, Aug. 26. Friday’s match will serve as a doubleheader, as the men’s team opens its season against Fordham.
Both matches will be shown on RVision, presented by AT&T, with Danny Breslauer and Kyle Franko on the call. Friday’s contest is set for 5:30 p.m., while Sunday’s kickoff time is 1 p.m.
After a 2-0 weekend with wins over Monmouth (3-0) and Ohio State (1-0), RU entered the NSCAA rankings at No. 23 Tuesday. It marked the first time since Sept. 14, 2010 (No. 24) that the Scarlet Knights have entered into the coaches’ poll.
Redshirt junior forward Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON, Canada) roared into the season, scoring three goals, including two game winners, to be named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week. Defensively, center back Shannon Woeller (Vancouver, Canada) was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after helping RU to 191 minutes of shutout soccer and scoring her first career goal at Monmouth.
Sunday’s double overtime win over Ohio State marked the seventh time over the last 12 matches that RU has gone into extra time. When going into overtime since 2008, Rutgers owns an 8-3-10 record.
Rutgers holds a 4-0 all-time record against Bucknell (0-1). The last meeting between the two teams came on Sept. 5, 2010, when RU rolled to a 3-0 win.
Bucknell dropped a 3-0 decision to Binghamton in their season opener last Friday. The Bison have 19 letterwinners and eight starters returning from last year when the squad finished 5-10-1. Senior goalkeeper Sandita McDermott entered the season ranked in Bucknell’s top-five all-time in goals-against average (1.45), save percentage (.802) and shutouts (seven).
This will be the first meeting between Rutgers and Siena. Against MAAC competition, RU owns a 6-1 all-time record.
Siena comes to Rutgers after a Friday matchup against Rhode Island. The Saints ended last season with a 7-7-3 overall record and a 2-4-3 mark in the MAAC. SC has four starters and 15 letterwinners returning from a year ago, including Preseason All-MAAC selection Caitlin Calahan.
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