GAINESVILLE, FL – The No. 24 Rutgers women’s soccer team (4-3) fell 1-0 at No. 9 Florida (5-1-1) Sept. 17 in Gainesville, FL.
The lone goal of the match came in the 67th minute, when Florida’s Stephanie Freeman knocked the ball in from six yards out. Rutgers had its chances offensively, outshooting the Gators 7-4, but was unable to convert any of its opportunities.
“In terms of how we played, I’m very encouraged,” said fifth-year head coach Glenn Crooks. “We’ve established ourselves as a team that can play with the top teams and beat them. We played very hard tonight, we played hard against Santa Clara, had a very difficult match against Michigan State and played hard at USC. We are playing with a good style, and that goes hand in hand with how hard the team has worked. I thought that we were probably more dominant tonight then we were against Santa Clara, but we just didn’t get the result we wanted.”
Sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made one save for the Scarlet Knights (4-3). The match was delayed 17 minutes in the first half due to a power outage, disabling some of the field lights.
Rutgers was ranked 24th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and 21st by Soccer America in this week’s top 25 polls (Sept. 14). The Scarlet Knights also received votes in the Soccerbuzz and SoccerTimes.com polls. Rutgers was picked fifth by the NSCAA and sixth by Soccerbuzz in this week’s Mid-Atlantic Region Polls. Florida was picked ninth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), eighth by Soccer America, fourth by Soccerbuzz and tied for sixth by SoccerTimes.com in this week’s Top 25 Polls. The Gators were picked second by both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz in the Southeast Region Polls.
Rutgers will return to Piscataway to begin BIG EAST Conference play Wednesday, Sept. 22, against in-state rival Seton Hall at 7:00 p.m.
No. 9 Florida 1, No. 24 Rutgers 0; Sept. 17; Beard Stadium; Gainesville, FL
Score By Periods
Rutgers 0 0 0
Florida 0 1 1
Shots: Rutgers 7, UF 4. Corner Kicks: Rutgers 1, UF 3. Saves: Rutgers 1 (Jones 1), UF 1 (Gardner 1). Fouls: Rutgers 12, UF 15. Offsides: Rutgers 1, UF 1. Yellow Cards: Rutgers 1 (Radin), UF 3.
Time Goal Assist
UF 66:37 Stephanie Freeman Daniela Sanchez, KaLeigh Hudson