PISCATAWAY, NJ – Senior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) scored in the 106th minute to lift Rutgers (4-2) to a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Michigan State (6-1) Sept. 12 at the Rutgers Classic. In the day’s first match, No. 12 Santa Clara (2-2-1) defeated Rhode Island (2-4) 6-0.
Michigan State scored first, a 16-yard shot by Emma Harris from the left side of the box. Rutgers responded 11 minutes later, when Lloyd headed in Zoe Avner’s (Paris, France) corner kick at the far post.
Following a scoreless second half, both Harris and Lloyd had shots sail just wide in the first overtime period. Lloyd then won the match with 4:10 remaining in the second and final overtime period, firing the ball across the goal from the left side from 15 yards out to hand the Spartans their first loss of the season.
“It was a great weekend for our team,” said fifth-year head coach Glenn Crooks. “The win against Santa Clara speaks for itself. Then you try to use every psychological ploy in the book to get the team up for today’s match, especially with such a quick turnaround. To come out with a win today – I’m very proud of our team. We got two special goals today from a very special player. During the game I think we were in control, but we did some things we’re not accustomed to. But, taking everything into account, we’re very happy with the win.”
Sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made three saves for the Scarlet Knights (4-2). Erin Carlson made four stops for the Spartans.
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). 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.
In the first match of the day, the Broncos scored all six of their goals in the first half. Micaela Esquivel struck first, knocking in a deflection in the 17th minute. Bree Horvath scored on a through ball from Tiffany Roberts in the 21st minute, followed seven minutes later by a Megan Kakadelas shot that squirted high through the Rhode Island goalkeeper’s hands. Meghan Snell made the score 4-0 in the 34th minute when her corner kick bent around the near post, deflecting off the keeper’s hands. Tina Estrada then scored a pair of goals in a four-minute span, converting Brittany Klein’s through ball in the 40th minute, then heading Cat Sigler’s free kick inside the far post in the 44th minute.
Alyssa Sobolik did not have to make a save in goal for the Broncos. For Rhode Island, Kirsten Marra had one stop in the first half and Ria Carroll had three saves in the second half.
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. Rhode Island was picked 13th in this week’s Soccerbuzz Northeast Region Poll.
Rutgers’ Lloyd was selected as the Rutgers Classic Most Valuable Player. She was joined on the coaches’ All-Tournament Team by Rutgers’ Avner, Kim Brandao (Rahway, NJ) and Domenique Esposito (Rivervale, NJ), Leslie Osbourne (Santa Clara), Lana Bowen (Santa Clara), Bree Horvath (Santa Clara), Abby Shepherd (Michigan State), Erin Doan (Michigan State), Thorunn Helga Jonsdottir (Rhode Island) and Kelly McTurk (Rhode Island).
Rutgers will travel to Gainesville, FL, to face the No. 11 Florida Gators Friday, Sept. 17, at 8:00 p.m.
Rutgers 2, Michigan State 1; Double Overtime; Rutgers Classic; Sept. 12; Yurcak Field; Piscataway, NJ
Score By Periods
Michigan State 1 0 0 0 1
Rutgers 1 0 0 1 2
Shots: MSU 5, Rutgers 11. Corner Kicks: MSU 2, Rutgers 6. Saves: MSU 5 (Carlson 4, Team 1), Rutgers 3 (Jones 3). Fouls: MSU 15, Rutgers 11. Offsides: MSU 1, Rutgers 1. Yellow Cards: MSU 0, Rutgers 0.
Time Goal Assist
MSU 16:33 Emma Harris (4) Lauren Zacharski (5)
RU 27:08 Carli Lloyd (4) Zoe Avner (2)
RU 105:50 Lloyd (5)
No. 12 Santa Clara 6, Rhode Island 0; Rutgers Classic; Sept. 12; Yurcak Field; Piscataway, NJ
Score By Periods
Santa Clara 6 0 6
Rhode Island 0 0 0
Shots: SCU 13, URI 1. Corner Kicks: SCU 11, URI 1. Saves: SCU 0 (Sobolik 0), URI 4 (Marra 1, Carroll 3). Fouls: SCU 8, URI 10. Offsides: SCU 6, URI 0. Yellow Cards: SCU 0, URI 0.
Time Goal Assist
SCU 16:32 Micaela Esquivel (1) Bree Horvath (1)
SCU 20:20 Horvath (1) Tiffany Roberts (2)
SCU 27:23 Megan Kakadelas (3) Horvath (2)
SCU 33:59 Meagan Snell (1)
SCU 39:48 Tina Estrada (2) Brittany Klein (1)
SCU 43:39 Estrada (3) Catherine Sigler (1)