Rutgers will now wait to find out if it will be one of the 64 teams included in this year’s NCAA Tournament field. The selections for the 2002 NCAA Tournament will be announced Monday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS.
West Virginia got on the board in the 16th minute when Rutgers committed a foul in its own box. West Virginia’s Chrissie Abbott converted the penalty kick to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
RU got the goal right back three minutes later when sophomore All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) headed in Kelly Evans’ (Saddle Brook, NJ) perfect corner kick in the 18th minute. The RU goal snapped the Mountaineers’ streak of seven consecutive shutouts. The last time an opponent scored against WVU was Oct. 4, when Seton Hall played West Virginia to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in South Orange.
Lloyd gave RU a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute when she dodged several defenders and unleashed a shot from just outside the box, scoring to the lower right corner. For West Virginia, it was the first time the Mountaineers had given up two goals since a 4-2 victory at Pittsburgh Sept. 18.
Events took an interesting turn for the Knights in the 56th minute when head coach Glenn Crooks was issued a red card by center referee Rachel Woo.
The Mountaineers evened the match five minutes later when Marisa Kanela punched in Abbott’s cross to the left post in the 61st minute.
The Mountaineers then took the lead in the 80th minute when Laura Kane passed to Rachel Kruze in the middle of the box, and she collided with RU defender Kim Brandao (Rahway, NJ) as she headed the ball past Caldwell.
Caldwell made five saves in the loss (8-8-2).
Rutgers was rated ninth by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week (Nov. 4). West Virginia, the top-rated team in the Mid-Atlantic Division, is ranked eighth by the NSCAA, fourth by Soccerbuzz, seventh by Soccer America and ninth by SoccerTimes.com.
With her two goals, Lloyd now is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (four), tied for sixth in points (31), is eighth in goals (12) and tied for ninth in assists (seven) on the RU single-season charts. The two-time first-team all-BIG EAST selection also is tied for third in goals (27), tied for fourth in points (68), tied for fifth in game-winning goals (seven) and tied for seventh in assists (14) on the Rutgers career charts. Caldwell also moved into fourth place in career saves (233).
Scoring By Periods:
1 2 Final
Rutgers 1 1 2
West Virginia 1 2 3
15:34 WVU Chrissie Abbott
18:19 RU Carli Lloyd (11) Kelly Evans (4)
53:10 RU Lloyd (12)
60:31 WVU Marisa Kanela Abbott
79:16 WVU Rachel Kruze Laura Kane
Shots: Rutgers 8, WVU 17. Saves: Rutgers 5, WVU 4. Corner Kicks: Rutgers 3,
WVU 2. Fouls: Rutgers 15, WVU 15. Offsides: Rutgers 2, WVU 1. Yellow Cards: Rutgers 0,
WVU 0. Red Cards: Rutgers 1 (Crooks), WVU 0.