PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 27, 2012) – Rutgers women’s soccer hits the road for the first time in BIG EAST play to take on local foes St. John’s and Syracuse this weekend. RU (8-4, 1-3) will face STJ (4-7, 0-4) on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Belson Stadium. The Scarlet Knights meet the Orange (5-4-2, 2-1-1) on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.
The game Friday night will be streamed for a fee via St. John’s All-Access at http://www.redstormsports.com/allaccess/?media=332386.
Rutgers split last weekend, defeating USF in double overtime and falling to No. 21 Marquette. RU was able to edge past USF on a penalty kick by forward Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON, Canada) in the 108th minute of action.
In the latest RPI rankings, the Scarlet Knights are No. 27. As a team, RU sits third in the conference in shutouts (six), sixth in goals against average (0.89) and seventh in goals allowed (0.92).
Filigno ranks first in the BIG EAST with five game-winning goals and nine goals overall, as well as third in points (20). The forward ranks second in the NCAA in game winners, eighth in goals and 14th in total points.
Friday will mark the 16th meeting between Rutgers and St. John’s. The Scarlet Knights own a 9-3-4 series edge against the Red Storm, dropping their last outing in 2011, 1-0.
Freshman Emily Cubbage paces the Red Storm with seven points on three goals and one assist. St. John’s has had three goalkeepers split time in the net this season. Freshman netminder Ellen Conway has seen the most time, recording 48 saves and a 1.86 GAA.
St. John’s head coach Ian Stone is in the midst of his 19th season with the Red Storm. The winningest coach in STJ women’s soccer history, he has brought the Red Storm to 13 postseason appearances in his career.
Rutgers and Syracuse have met 14 times, all in league action, with RU leading the series by a 7-6-1 mark. RU dropped their last game against the Orange in 2011, a 2-1 double overtime contest.
Sophomore midfield Alexis Koval leads the Orange in points (seven) and goals (three). Junior Brittany Anghel will start between the pipes for the Orange. In 11 matches this season, the netminder holds a 1.21 GAA with two shutouts.
Head coach Phil Wheddon, an assist for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is in his third year at the helm of the Orange.
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