PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 24, 2014) – A pair of goals from senior Amy Pietrangelo (Laval, Quebec, Canada) and a stout defensive effort led to a 3-0 victory for Rutgers women’s soccer against Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field. The Scarlet Knights improved to 2-0 for the third consecutive season.
Sophomore Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.) recorded two assists in the contest for Rutgers to finish the opening weekend with six points, while Pietrangelo’s two-goal performance capped her weekend at five points.
Senior Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) got on the board in the 51st minute for her first goal of the season to put the Scarlet Knights ahead, 1-0. Tiernan sent the ball into Scholz, who charged up the right side and beat the keeper back right.
Tiernan tallied her second assist of the contest on Pietrangelo’s first goal in the 65th minute along with sophomore Jessica Puchalski (South Brunswick, N.J.), who sent in a cross that Tiernan headed off the right post. The rebound trickled out to Pietrangelo in front of the net, allowing her to bury the finish dead on for a 2-0 RU lead.
Pietrangelo added one more goal for good measure in the 89th minute, as she received the ball just outside the box, broke down the defender and beat the keeper off her right foot for the first multi-goal game of her career.
Freshman goalkeeper Casey Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J.) made one save in the clean sheet, the first of her career. Sophomore back Erin Smith (Medford Lakes, N.J.) recorded the first save of the game for RU, retreating to an empty net and sending the ball out to keep the game scoreless early on.
The Scarlet Knights allowed just three shots for the game and only one in the second half.
Rutgers continues its season-opening home stand on Friday, Aug. 29 against Seton Hall. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m., as the Rutgers men’s soccer team will play its season opener at Yurcak Field at 8 p.m. against UMKC following the women’s match.
The Rutgers women’s soccer program also invites its former student-athletes to attend Alumni Night, set for the Seton Hall match. As part of the festivities, Rutgers women’s soccer alumni and their guests will pay a reduced rate of $5 per ticket and alumni will be able to watch the contest from field level.
Alumni must RSVP by the end of the day on Wednesday, Aug. 27 to secure their party’s spots in the celebration. When confirming their attendance, alumni must reserve exact ticket totals for their party. To RSVP, please contact Kathleen Martineau via email at email@example.com or by phone at 732-445-7827.
- With the victory, Rutgers improved to 2-0 for the third consecutive season.
- The Scarlet Knights move to 3-5 all-time against SEC schools, picking up their first win against the SEC since beating Kentucky, 2-1, on Sept. 13, 2003.
- Rutgers posted six goals in its first two matches, the most since outscoring the opposition 7-1, to start the 2010 season. It is the eighth time in the program’s 31-year history that it posted at least six goals in the first two matches. The 2005 and 2003 teams set the goals record through two games, outscoring the opposition, 8-0.
- Scholz recorded her first goal of the season and now has 16 for her career. She is two goals away from tying for 10th on the all-time RU list.
- The assist was Puchalski’s second for her career and her second-straight match with a helper.
- Tiernan set a new career-high with two assists in the win. She owns the most points through two matches (six) since Jonelle Filigno in 2012 (3g).
- Pietrangelo scored two goals in the same game for the first time in her career. The goals were her first since notching the game-winner on Nov. 10, 2012 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Colgate.
- RU tallied at least three goals in consecutive matches for the first time since last season when the team beat Bryant, 4-0 (Sept. 13), and topped Princeton, 5-1 (Sept. 15).
- The Scarlet Knights are on a seven-match unbeaten streak dating back to Oct. 27, 2013. RU closed the 2013 season with three-straight draws.
- Rutgers posted 19 shots in each of its first two games. The Scarlet Knights have recorded double-digit shots in 20 of their last 24 matches dating back to the 2013 season.
- Junior Hayley Katkowski (Westford, Mass.) started her 46th consecutive game in the midfield for Rutgers.
- Smith and juniors Brianne Reed (Tinton Falls, N.J.) and Erica Skroski (Galloway, N.J.) played the full 90 minutes of the contest.
- Murphy collected the first shutout of her career in the win.
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