PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 14, 2012) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team (13-7-1) continues its NCAA Tournament run with No. 3 Virginia at Klöckner Stadium on Friday, Nov. 16. The second round matchup between RU and the No. 2 seed UVA (17-4-1) will be the second game of a doubleheader, set for 7 p.m.
Rutgers defeated Colgate, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. With the win, RU now holds a 5-0-1 all-time NCAA first round record under head coach Glenn Crooks, advancing all six times. Sophomore Amy Pietrangelo (Laval, Quebec, Canada) scored her second game winner of the season and first goal of the postseason.
For the season, redshirt junior forward Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, ON, Canada) leads RU with 33 points on 14 goals and five assists. The First Team All-BIG EAST selection ranks fourth in the NCAA in game winners (seven) and 15th in goals scored.
The Scarlet Knights hold a 3-1 all-time advantage over the Cavaliers, although the two teams have not met in 17 seasons. RU won the first three meetings (1986-88) before falling, 1-0, on Sept. 10, 1995.
Virginia defeated La Salle, 4-1, last Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UVA captured the 2012 ACC Championship – and the league’s automatic bid – with a 4-0 win over Maryland on Nov. 4.
Junior forward Gloria Douglas led the Cavaliers with one goal and two assists. Senior forward All-American Caroline Miller paces UVA with 40 points on 17 goals and six assists. Between the pipes for Virginia, senior goalkeeper Danielle DeLisle maintains a 0.72 GAA, allowing 13 goals while shutting out six opponents.
In his 23rd season as a head coach, Steve Swanson has led his team to six conference championships, 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and 22-consecutive winning seasons.
This season marks the 15th time in the past 19 years that the Cavaliers have hosted NCAA Tournament play at Klöckner Stadium, maintaining a 20-10-3 record at home.
Duke and Miami (Ohio) will face off first before the Scarlet Knights and Cavaliers at 4 p.m. The winners of both matches will face off in the Sweet Sixteen at Klöckner Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m.
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