PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 3, 2014 – The Rutgers women’s soccer team hits the road for the first time this season, making the short trip down Route 1 Friday to take on in-state rival Princeton at Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., as the Tigers host RU for their season opener.
The match will be broadcast live on Go Tigers TV via the Ivy League Digital Network. A subscription is required for viewing.
Princeton – Sept. 5, 7 p.m.
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Rutgers (3-0, 0-0) began the season 3-0 for the third consecutive year. The Scarlet Knights rolled through their first weekend of competition with consecutive three-goal performances, and defeated Seton Hall, 1-0, on Friday, Aug. 29 to close their season-opening home stand unblemished.
Sophomore forward Jessica Puchalski (South Brunswick, N.J.) provided the game-winning score in the 34th minute for RU, the first of her career. The defense then did the rest, shutting out its second consecutive opponent to give freshman netminder Casey Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J.) her second-career shutout.
With a win over the Tigers Friday night, the Scarlet Knights would get off to their third consecutive 4-0 start and seventh in program history.
Rutgers Quick Kicks
• With a 3-0 start to the season, as well as wins against Temple and Cincinnati and draws vs. Memphis, No. 12 UCF and No. 7 West Virginia to close 2013, RU currently rides an eight-match unbeaten streak dating back to last season.
• The Scarlet Knights are 3-0 for the third consecutive season.
• Head coach Mike O’Neill improved to 3-0 on the season and 6-0 for his head coaching career with the team’s 1-0 win over Seton Hall (Aug. 29). With one more victory, he would cement the best start to a head coaching career in program history. Former coach Charlie Duccilli guided the Scarlet Knights to a 6-0-2 start through his first eight games at the helm in RU’s first season in 1984.
• Senior forward Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) recorded her first goal of the season against Vanderbilt (Aug. 24) and now has 16 for her career. She is two goals away from tying for 10th on the all-time RU list.
• Rutgers recorded its second consecutive shutout against Seton Hall (Aug. 29) and has allowed just one goal through three matches this season. Dating back to last season, the Scarlet Knights have allowed one goal in their last six matches.
• The Scarlet Knights have recorded double-digit shots in 21 of their last 25 matches dating back to the 2013 season.
• Princeton hosts Rutgers in its first match of the season Friday.
• Head coach Julie Shackford enters her 20th season as the head coach of Princeton women’s soccer. She owns a 196-109-26 record with the Tigers, guiding the program to six Ivy League titles and eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
• The Tigers finished 2013 at 7-6-4, closing the season with wins in two of their last three games.
• Princeton’s top-four point-getters from last season all return in 2014 - sophomore Tyler Lussi (10g, 4a) and seniors Lauren Lazzo (5g, 7a), Jessica Haley (3g, 2a) and Melissa Downey (3g, 1a).
• Senior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon saw the most time in net last season with 12 starts. She finished the season with a 1.42 GAA, .617 save percentage and five shutouts.
All-Time Series vs. the Tigers
• The Scarlet Knights own a 15-8-3 advantage over Princeton all-time. The two teams met at Yurcak Field on Sept. 15 of last season, when Scholz scored four goals to guide Rutgers to a 5-1 victory. Princeton’s Lauren Lazo provided the only goal of the game for the Tigers.
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