PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 26, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team will begin its American Athletic Conference schedule Friday, Sept. 27, when the Scarlet Knights take on Cincinnati at 7 p.m. under the lights at Gettler Stadium. From there, RU will trek to Louisville, Ky. on Sunday, Sept. 29 for a 1 p.m. match with Louisville.
The Scarlet Knights (7-1-1) are fresh off their No. 12 ranking in the first NCAA women’s soccer RPI of the season. Rutgers received the highest RPI among AAC schools, as UCF received a No. 19 ranking.
RU enters the weekend on a four-match unbeaten streak (3-0-1) and has outscored the opposition, 12-3, in that span. Junior forward Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) leads the team with six goals this season – all goals have come in the last three games – as freshman Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) is not far off with five caps.
Redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno (Missassauga, Canada) is second on the team with 11 points (4g, 3a).
The defense will look for another solid outing after the team edged Villanova, 2-1, in its last match (Sept. 20). The Scarlet Knights outshot the Wildcats, 16-1, in the second half and have allowed seven shots or fewer in three of the last four matches.
Scholz scored the game-winner with 0:31 seconds remaining off a perfect ball from redshirt senior Tricia DiPaolo (Sparta, N.J.) – her career-high second helper of the game.
Redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) is 7-1-1 this season with a 1.05 goals against average (GAA) and .719 save percentage.
Cincinnati enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak and has outscored opponents 6-1 in that span. A trio of Bearcats own at least two goals scored this season (Jae Atkinson, Emily Elsbrock, Mackenzie Reynolds), while 10 different players have scored at least one goal.
Goalkeeper Natalie Smith has allowed one goal in the last three matches and made 11 saves in that frame. She is 3-3 this season with a 1.17 goals against average (GAA) and .741 save percentage.
RU owns an 8-2-1 all-time advantage over the Bearcats and is currently on a five-match (4-0-1) unbeaten streak against its longtime conference rival. The Scarlet Knights have allowed just one Cincinnati goal in the past five matches, outscoring the Bearcats 9-1 in that frame. RU won, 5-0, last season at Yurcak Field.
Louisville welcomes the Scarlet Knights to Cardinal Park on Sunday for its second American Athletic Conference match of the season. The Cardinals played just one match last weekend, losing 3-2 in double overtime to Marquette. The Cardinals have three players with at least four goals this season, as senior Charlyn Corral leads the way with seven.
Corral’s goal total is good for second in the conference, while her 18 points (7g, 4a) are tied for first. Goalkeeper Paige Brown has started every game for Louisville this season and owns a 1.81 GAA and .634 save percentage.
The Scarlet Knights are 5-2-1 all-time against Louisville and won the most recent meeting between the two schools, 3-0, last season at Yurcak Field. RU outscored the Cardinals, 7-2, in the last three meetings.
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