PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 4, 2012) – Rutgers women’s soccer continues its BIG EAST road trip this weekend with matches at DePaul and No. 24 Notre Dame. RU (8-6, 1-5) will face DePaul (7-6-1, 2-3) on Friday, Oct. 5 at noon on Wish Field. The Scarlet Knights then meet the Fighting Irish (9-3-1, 5-0) at Alumni Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.
Friday’s match vs. DePaul will be streamed live for a fee at http://www.depaulbluedemons.com/allaccess/?media=328986. Sunday’s match can be seen at http://hqplayer.nbcsports.com/Player.html?PID=104.
Last weekend, the Scarlet Knights dropped two one-goal matches to St. John’s and Syracuse.
Rutgers’ defense has been its strongpoint this season. The Scarlet Knights rank third in the BIG EAST in shutouts with six and fifth with a 0.90 goals against average.
Redshirt junior Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON, Canada) currently ranks first in the BIG EAST with five game-winning goals, second in goals (nine) and fourth in total points (20). The forward also ranks second in the NCAA in game-winning goals and 17th overall in goals scored.
Rutgers and DePaul will meet for the eighth time in program history Friday. The Scarlet Knights hold a 5-2 advantage. Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) broke through in the 55th minute, as RU edged DPU 1-0 on Oct. 7, 2011.
DePaul is paced offensively by junior Ashleigh Goddard. She leads the team with eight points on three goals and two assists. Sophomore Megan Pyrz will be in net for the Blue Demons. The goalkeeper currently holds a 1.08 GAA with 58 saves and has posted three shutouts this season.
Erin Chastain is in the midst of her fifth season as DePaul’s head coach.
Rutgers and Notre Dame have met 22 times overall, dating back to 1992. UND maintains an 18-1-3 all-time record over RU, although the last three matches have all been decided by one goal or less. In 2011, the two squads played to a scoreless draw.
Freshman forward Crystal Thomas drives the Irish with 13 points on six goals and one assist. Netminders Elyse Hight and Sarah Voigt split time in between the pipes for UND. Voigt, the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, owns a 0.50 GAA with 14 saves through five starts. High maintains a 0.85 GAA with 31 saves.
Head coach Randy Waldrum has led Notre Dame to a 272-47-15 record in his 14 seasons at the helm. The manager has been to six College Cups and owns two NCAA National Championships.
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