LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 29, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to Louisville Sunday afternoon at Cardinals Stadium. Freshman Jessica Puchalski (South Brunswick, N.J.) scored RU’s lone goal in the loss, as the Scarlet Knights moved to 8-2-1 on the season after splitting the first weekend of American Athletic Conference play.
“The score is no way an indication of how the game went, although they capitalized on some mistakes we made,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “We created a lot of chances but we weren’t able to capitalize. You have to capitalize any way you can on the road and we weren’t able to do that today. Louisville has very skilled players and they certainly deserve credit for the win.”
RU created a number of scoring opportunities, as four different players recorded at least one shot on goal. The Cardinals narrowly bested RU in shots, 15-12, and corner kicks, 6-5, as they were able to capitalize on their opportunities in the match.
The Cardinals scored all four of their goals in the first 46 minutes of action, taking a 3-1 lead into the halftime locker rooms. Charlyn Corral notched the match’s first goal in the ninth minute before Shannon Dennehey and Chelsea Hunter scored later in the period to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
Puchalski notched her second goal of the season in the 36th minute of play. Classmate Jennifer Andresen (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) tallied the assist on the goal – the first points and assist of her career.
Corral scored again in the 46th minute to cement the final, 4-1 score as the Cardinals held Rutgers off the scoreboard for the remainder of the match.
Redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) dropped to 8-2-1 this season, making four saves in the loss.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action on Friday, Oct. 4, when the team returns to Piscataway to face Memphis. The match marks “Youth Team Night”, as members of the women’s soccer team will participate in a post-match autograph session. Youth team members attending are encouraged to represent their respective teams by wearing their jerseys to the game.
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