PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Scarlet Knight women’s soccer team (2-2) will host the Rutgers Classic this weekend at Yurcak Field, taking on No. 12 Santa Clara (1-1-1) Friday, Sept. 10, at 8:00 p.m. and Michigan State (5-0) Sunday, Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m. Rhode Island (2-2) also will come to town for a pair of neutral-site matches, taking on the Spartans Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. and the Broncos Sept. 12 at 12:00 p.m.
Rutgers is 2-2 this season following a 3-2 double-overtime loss at USC (2-2) Sept. 5. Senior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) leads the Scarlet Knights with seven points (3 g, 1 a). Freshman Amanda Allessio (Langhorne, PA) has four points (2 g). Sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) owns a 0.96 goals-against average, .636 save percentage and two shutouts in goal this season. Rutgers returned 15 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2003 team that posted a 10-7-5 overall record, a 3-2-1 mark in BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic Division play and advanced to the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
No. 12 Santa Clara is 1-1-1 this season following a 5-2 loss at No. 2 Notre Dame (4-0) Sept. 5. Senior Leslie Osborne leads the Broncos with seven points (3 g, 1 a). Sophomore Julie Ryder has a 2.70 goals-against average and a .538 save percentage in goal this season. Santa Clara returned 23 letterwinners and nine starters from a 2003 team that finished with a 14-4-6 overall record and a 6-0-1 mark in the West Coast Conference to finish first. The Broncos advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State is 4-0 this season following a 5-0 following a 2-0 victory against against Detroit Mercy (2-2) Sept. 7. Junior Dana Voorheis leads the Spartans with eight points (3 g, 2 a). Senior Erin Carlson has a 0.40 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and three shutouts in goal this season. Michigan State returned 17 letterwinners and six starters from a 2003 team that finished with a 12-8 overall record and a 4-6 mark in the Big Ten Conference to finish tied for seventh place.
Rhode Island is 2-2 this season following a 2-0 victory at James Madison (3-1) Sept. 6. Freshman Thorunn Jonsdottir leads the Rams with four points (2 g, 0 a). Junior Ria Carroll has a 1.33 goals-against average, a .778 save percentage and two shutouts in goal this season. Rhode Island returned 13 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2003 team that finished with an 8-9-2 overall record and a 6-4-1 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference to finish sixth.
Rutgers was picked seventh by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and sixth by Soccerbuzz in this week’s Mid-Atlantic Region Polls (Sept. 6). Santa Clara was picked 12th by the NSCAA and eighth by Soccerbuzz in this week’s Top 25 Polls. The Broncos were picked fourth by the NSCAA and second by Soccerbuzz in the West Region Polls. Michigan State was picked fourth by the NSCAA and sixth by Soccerbuzz in this week’s Great Lakes Region Polls. The Spartans also received votes in this week’s NSCAA and Soccerbuzz Top 25 Polls. Rhode Island was picked 13th in this week’s Soccerbuzz Northeast Region Poll.
This will mark Rutgers’ first-ever meeting with both Santa Clara and Michigan State.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action Friday, Sept. 17, at Florida.