PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 29, 2014) – Sky Blue FC will play its final home game of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) regular season against the Western New York Flash at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at Yurcak Field.
The match reunites four former Rutgers women’s soccer standouts as professionals in Piscataway, including Carli Lloyd (2001-04) and Kristen Edmonds (2005-08) for the WNY Flash and Jonelle Filigno (2010-13) and Tricia DiPaolo (2007-13) for Sky Blue.
The sixth-place Flash lead seventh-place Sky Blue by five points in the in NWSL standings, earning a 2-0 victory earlier this season in the first meeting between the two teams.
“Four former players being on the same stage where they played college soccer speaks volumes about them as players and speaks volumes about our program” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
A defender for the Flash, Edmonds has tallied an assist while playing in 18 matches and logging 1,468 minutes of action. The former Scarlet Knight led RU with 18 points (6g, 6a) in her freshman campaign (2005) and ended her career with 11 goals.
Lloyd, who has guided the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) to consecutive gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, returns to Yurcak Field for the first time this season. A two-time NSCAA All-American, Lloyd left Rutgers with the highest points (117), goals (50) and shots (295) totals in program history and went on to be named the 2008 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
Lloyd is tied for the Flash team lead with seven goals and is second with four assists. Her 25 shots on goal also pace the squad.
Filigno wrapped up her career “On the Banks” in 2013 by becoming the all-time Rutgers leader in game-winning goals (17). The Mississauga, Canada, native compiled the fourth-most goals (33) and points (79) in RU history and has a plethora of experience representing the Canada Women’s National Team on the international stage. Most notably, Filigno scored the game-winning goal for Canada to secure a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The forward has one goal and one assist in 13 games played for Sky Blue.
DiPaolo served as a staple of the RU program for seven seasons, persevering through numerous knee injuries to continue her inspired career. Her 85 matches played at Rutgers tied for third among Scarlet Knights in program history, as she tallied more than 5,600 minutes the college pitch.
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