PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s soccer team (4-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) lost 1-0 in double overtime to Seton Hall (6-1-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) in the BIG EAST Conference season opener Wednesday night at Yurcak Field.
The Scarlet Knights had their opportunities to score, including two shots barely off the frame by senior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) and a Kim Mineo (Glen Rock, NJ) try that slid just wide of the far post and out of the reach of a charging Brittney Smith (Howell, NJ) with less than 11 minutes to play in the first half.
Seton Hall had just one shot on goal in the entire match, but the Pirates were able to convert on a free kick from a foot outside the right corner of the box with 5:02 remaining in the second and final overtime. Sabrina Fleming placed a perfect shot over the wall and inside the far post for the game winner.
“I don’t think we played to nearly the same level as we did in the Florida match,” said fifth-year head coach Glenn Crooks. “That being said, Seton Hall had only two shots, but the glaring statistic is that we only had five. It’s something that we’ve worked a lot on. You don’t have to be that smart to see that we have been having trouble scoring goals. Our job as a staff is to get that figured out.
“The game was lost in the first half. They were to be had in the first half, and we weren’t dynamic enough in the attacking third to take advantage of that.”
Sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) did not make a save in goal for the Scarlet Knights (4-4). The Pirates’ victory snapped Rutgers’ five-match win streak in the series, one that dated back to 1999. The result also extended the Scarlet Knights’ current streak of one-goal differentials to six consecutive matches.
Rutgers received votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Soccebuzz and SoccerTimes.com in this week’s top 25 polls (Sept. 21). The Scarlet Knights were picked fifth by the NSCAA and sixth by Soccerbuzz in this week’s Mid-Atlantic Region Polls. Seton Hall was picked 11th by Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region Poll.
Rutgers will continue BIG EAST play Saturday, Sept. 25, at Connecticut at 5:00 p.m.
Seton Hall 1, Rutgers 0; Double Overtime; Sept. 22; Yurcak Field; Piscataway, NJ
Score By Periods
Seton Hall 0 0 0 1 1
Rutgers 0 0 0 0 0
Shots: SHU 2, Rutgers 5. Corner Kicks: SHU 5, Rutgers 5. Saves: SHU 1 (Becker 1), Rutgers 0 (Jones 0). Fouls: SHU 14, Rutgers 21. Offsides: SHU 0, Rutgers 0. Yellow Cards: SHU 0, Rutgers 0.
Time Goal Assist
SHU 104:58 Sabrina Fleming