PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three members of the Rutgers women’s soccer team were singled out by the BIG EAST Conference with player-of-the-week awards Sept. 13.
Junior Kim Brandao (Rahway, NJ) was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Week, sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) was named the Goalkeeper of the Week and Ashley Lunemann (Hillsborough, NJ) was named the Rookie of the Week.
Brandao helped organize a Rutgers defense that allowed just one goal in two victories last weekend at the Rutgers Classic. In the 1-0 upset of No. 12 Santa Clara Sept. 10, Brandao and the RU defense allowed just three shots, two of which were on goal. In Rutgers’ 2-1 double-overtime victory against Michigan State Sept. 12, Brandao helped organize a RU defense that allowed five shots in 105:50 of play, earning all-tournament team honors.
Brandao, a second-team all-BIG EAST and third-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-region selection last year, has been named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on three other occasions during her career (Sept. 22 and Oct. 20, 2003; Aug. 30, 2004).
Jones made one save in recording her third shutout of the season in the 1-0 upset of No. 12 Santa Clara. She made three stops in the 2-1 double-overtime victory against Michigan State.
This marks the third time Jones has earned goalkeeper-of-the-week honors from the BIG EAST (Oct. 6 and 20, 2003).
Lunemann, a freshman back, helped organize a Rutgers defense that allowed three shots by No. 12 Santa Clara and five by Michigan State in the two Rutgers victories. In the closing minutes of RU’s 1-0 triumph against the Broncos, Lunemann cleared what would have been the game-tying goal off the goal line, helping to preserve the victory for the Scarlet Knights.
This marks the first rookie-of-the-week award for a Scarlet Knight since Oct. 6, 2003, when current sophomore Domenique Esposito (Rivervale, NJ) was honored.
Rutgers (4-2) will play its second ranked opponent in a three-match span, traveling to Gainseville, FL, to face the No. 11 Florida Gators (4-1-1) Friday, Sept. 17. Kickoff at Percy Beard Stadium (4,500) is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.