PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 21, 2012) – Rutgers women’s soccer will travel to Connecticut on Thursday, Oct. 25 for the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament. The match will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Joseph Morrone Stadium, with the winner taking on No. 1 seed Marquette.
This marks the 13th-straight season that RU has earned a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament. The streak - all under head coach Glenn Crooks - marks the longest active among conference members.
Besting instate rival Seton Hall, 2-0, last Friday night, the Scarlet Knights (12-6-1, 5-5-1) clinched the fifth seed in the National Division. With one second remaining in the second overtime, Connecticut’s (8-7-2, 4-5-1) Linda Ruutu scored to give the Huskies a 3-2 win over Providence, clinching the fourth seed in the American Division.
RU has put together a lethal offense over the last four matches, as seven different Scarlet Knights have scored 10 goals. Rutgers is 4-0-1 over their last five matches, shutting out four opponents.
Redshirt junior forward Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON, Canada) paces RU with 32 points on 14 goals and four assists in 2012. The forward ranks first in the BIG EAST in game-winning goals (seven), as well as second in goals and points.
Senior goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins (Concord, N.C.) maintains a 0.69 goals against average, posting 5.4 shutouts this season. The netminder ranks fifth in the league in GAA and save percentage (.836).
The Huskies own a 14-2-4 all-time record against the Scarlet Knights, although RU won the last meeting 2-0 on Oct. 1, 2010. Prior to that, the two squads had played to a draw from 2005-07 - including twice in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals.
UConn own a 1-3-1 mark over its last five games. Danielle Schulmann leads Connecticut with 25 points on nine goals and seven assists. Four Huskies total double-digit points in 2012.
Time between the pipes has been split between Allison Saucier, Leigh-Ann Jaggon and Jessica Montrose. Montrose went in against Notre Dame and has earned the start over the last four matches. The freshman owns a 1.48 GAA with 18 saves in five appearances.
Head coach Len Tsantiris, in his 32nd year, has led UConn to 28 NCAA Tournaments, compiling a 499-180-53 overall record.
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