PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 12, 2012) – No. 16 Rutgers women’s soccer opens BIG EAST play at home this weekend, hosting Villanova and Georgetown at Yurcak Field. RU (7-1) and VU (2-4-2) face off on Friday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. following the men’s game vs. Charleston. The Scarlet Knights meet the Hoyas (6-1-1) Sunday, Sept. 16 at noon.
Both matches can be seen live on RVision, presented by AT&T, on www.scarletknights.com with Danny Breslauer and Kyle Franco on the call.
This marks the second-straight year Rutgers will begin conference action at home. Last year, RU defeated Villanova, 2-1, behind goals from Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON, Canada) and Maria Gerew (Toms River, N.J.).
In BIG EAST home openers, the Scarlet Knights maintain a 10-5-2 all-time mark.
Last weekend, Rutgers rallied late to defeat Dartmouth, 2-1, with two scores from Jonelle Filigno in the 61st and 88th minute. It was Filigno’s third multi-goal game of the season. Against Stony Brook on Friday night, RU blanked SBU, 2-0, behind goals from April Price and Maria Gerew.
Filigno ranks second in the NCAA in game-winning goals (four), as well as sixth in goals (seven) and 13th in total points (16).
The Scarlet Knights own a 13-7-8 all-time advantage against Villanova. The 28 matches mark the longest series against any opponent.
Senior Heidi Sabatura paces the Wildcats with seven points (one goal and five assists). Victoria Gersh and Caitlin Forte have each scored two goals apiece through eight games. In net for Villanova will be senior Kelsey Quinn, who maintains a 1.27 GAA.
Head coach John Byford enters his fifth season with the Wildcats and 12th as a collegiate head coach.
Rutgers holds a 12-4-1 all-time series against Georgetown, last facing the Hoyas on Sept. 18, 2011. RU has won two of the last three matches in the series.
Georgetown comes into the weekend with a 6-1-1 record, earning a draw vs. Santa Clara (1-1) and falling at No. 5 Stanford, 6-0, last weekend. Kaitlin Brenn (5 g, 1 a) and Daphne Corboz (4 g, 3 a) are tied for the team lead with 11 points.
In the net for the Hoyas will be freshman Emma Newins, who owns four shutouts in eight games this season. Head coach Dave Nolan enters his seventh season with the Hoyas.
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