PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 4, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s soccer (9-2-1, 2-1 AAC) team defeated Memphis, 3-2, Friday night at Yurcak Field. Redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) scored twice in the victory, as junior Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) scored the contest’s first goal in the fifth minute of play.
Memphis (7-5, 0-3 AAC) made it close in the second half after Filigno’s 70-minute PK goal made it a 3-1 game. The Tigers’ Val Sanderson scored off a corner kick in the 81st minute to make it 3-2, but the RU defense prevailed, holding Memphis to one shot in the final nine minutes to seal the win.
Redshirt senior Jess Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) made four saves in the win, as she improved to 9-2-1 on the season.
The Scarlet Knights made it 2-0 early in the contest, as Filigno headed a corner kick from junior Amy Pietrangelo (Laval, Quebec, Canada) into the near corner of the net for her sixth goal of the year. Scholz got RU on the board first, scoring in the fifth minute for the team’s earliest strike this season. She was assisted by freshman Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) and redshirt senior Tricia DiPaolo (Sparta, N.J.) on the play, as the Scarlet Knights scored on each of their first two shots of the match.
The Tigers responded before halftime in the 29th minute, as Marissa Duguay cleaned up a scramble in front of the net after a corner kick. The goal made it 2-1 Rutgers and was the seventh first-half goal surrendered by the Scarlet Knights this season.
RU returns to Yurcak Field on Thursday, Oct. 10 to face AAC foe, Houston. The match marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools. It also represents “Dads and Daughters Day,” where $16 will get RU fans a pair of tickets, a water bottle and a mini soccer ball. In order to qualify for the promotion, tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 1-866-445-GORU (4678).
- The two-goal effort was Filigno’s first this season. The last time the forward scored two goals or more was on Oct. 14, 2012 in a 5-0 win over Cincinnati, when she also scored twice. It was the seventh multi-goal game of her career, as she now has 32 strikes while donning Scarlet and White.
- With goals by Filigno and Scholz, the two are tied with seven on the season.
- Pietrangelo earned her second assist on the season on Filigno’s first goal of the contest.
- Rutgers scored exactly three goals for the first time since defeating Fordham, 3-0, on Sept. 1, 2013.
- The three-goal effort marked the sixth time this season RU scored at least three goals. RU scored four goals in a shutout against Bryant (Sept. 13) before notching five in a 5-1 win over Princeton (Sept. 15).
- The Scarlet Knights are now 1-0 all-time over Memphis after defeating the Tigers in the first-ever meeting.
- In assisting Scholz on the match’s first goal, DiPaolo now leads the team with four this season.
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