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Rutgers Tabbed Third in American Athletic Preseason Coaches’ Poll
  • Posted on August 16, 2013 2:35:50 PM
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  • Jonelle Filigno

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 16, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team was picked to finish third in the American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the conference announced Friday. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 13-8-1 season in 2012, when they reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    “I have a lot of respect for all the programs in this league,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “It’s a very good league and we understand we’re only going to be in it for a year, so we want to make some noise. Obviously, we’ve  drawn some respect from the coaches if they think that highly of us and I’m gratified by that.”

    Senior forward Jonelle Filigno (Missasagua, Canada) and sophomore Hayley Katkowski (Westford, Mass.), who was on the BIG EAST Second Team and All-Rookie Team last season, were named to the American Athletic Conference Preseason Team Filigno was also tabbed the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the preseason squad. Only one other player, Charlyn Corral of Louisville, was a unanimous selection.

    “She’s coming off a great season when she was one of the top goal scorers in the country,” Crooks said. “She drew a lot of attention last year so I feel great for her for that because it was her first full season with us. I know she wants to go out strong and do as much for the program as possible.”

    The Scarlet Knights host Richmond in a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m., before opening the regular season on Friday, Aug. 23 at Yurcak Field against Drexel. Season tickets for RU women’s soccer are now on sale and are $50 for adults, $40 for children 12 & under and seniors 55 & older. All packages include a free t-shirt.  Season tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 732-907-1570.

     

    2013 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON WOMEN’S SOCCER POLL

     

    No.       School (first place votes)          Points

    T-1.       UCF (4)                                     85    

    T-1.       Louisville (5)                              85

    3.         Rutgers                                     67

    4.         UConn                                      61

    5.         USF                                          59

    6.         Memphis                                   53

    7.         SMU                                         48

    8.         Houston                                    36

    9.         Cincinnati                                  28

    10.        Temple                                     18

     

    2013 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON AWARD WINNERS

     

    Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

    Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers, R-Sr., F

     

    Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

    Marissa Diggs, UCF, Sr., D

     

    Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

    Lianne Maldonado, UCF, Sr., GK

     

    American Athletic Conference Preseason Team

    *Charlyn Corral, Louisville, Sr., M

    Kylie Davis, Memphis, Jr., M

    Marissa Diggs, UCF, Sr., D

    *Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers, R-Sr., F

    Hayley Katkowski, Rutgers, So., M

    Lianne Maldonado, UCF, Sr., GK

    Christabel Oduro, Memphis, Sr., F/M

    Sharla Passariello, USF, Sr., F

    Shelby Redman, SMU, R-Jr., F

    Diamond Simpson, Memphis, So., D/M

    Angelika Uremovich, Louisville, Sr., M

     

    *unanimous selection

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers women’s soccer, follow the program on Twitter (@RUSoccer). Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

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