PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 20, 2012) – Rutgers women’s soccer wraps up a four-game BIG EAST homestand this weekend, hosting South Florida and No. 21 Marquette at Yurcak Field. RU (7-3, 0-2) and USF (4-3-1, 0-0-1) face off on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. The Scarlet Knights meet the Golden Eagles (5-2-1, 1-0-0) Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.
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.
Last weekend, Rutgers dropped its first two BIG EAST matches against Villanova and Georgetown. Forward Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON, Canada) scored the equalizer in the 2-1 overtime loss to VU for the lone RU score of the weekend.
Filigno ranks first in the BIG EAST with four game winning goals, as well as second in points (18) and goals (eight). The forward ranks fourth in the NCAA in game winners, 13th in goals and 15th in total points. As a team, RU sits second in the conference in shutouts (five), third in goals against average (0.89) and fourth in goals allowed (0.90).
Friday will mark just the third time that Rutgers and South Florida have met in BIG EAST play. The Scarlet Knights own a 1-0-1 series record against the Bulls, earning a draw in the teams’ last matchup in 2009.
Junior Sharla Passariello leads the Bulls with nine points (four goals, one assist). Freshman Christiane Endler will be in net for USF. The netminder has played every minute for the Bulls this season and maintains a .097 GAA with 28 saves.
USF head coach Denise Schilte-Brown is in the midst of her sixth season with the Bulls. The second head coach in the history of the program, Schilte-Brown has three BIG EAST Championship appearances, including a run to the title game in 2010.
Rutgers and Marquette have met three times, all in league action, with RU leading the series by a 2-1 mark. RU downed MU 3-1 in 2009 behind goals from Karla Schacher, April Price and Julie Lancos.
Marquette enters the weekend ranked No. 21 in the NSCAA Poll. The Golden Eagles won their BIG EAST opener by beating Pittsburgh, 5-1. Junior Kate Reigle leads MU with nine points on three goals and three assists.
Sophomore Sofie Schunk will be between the pipes for the Golden Eagles. In seven games this season, she holds a 0.89 GAA with 4.5 shutouts. Head coach of Marquette is Markus Roeders in his 17th season (241-91-34).
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