VILLANOVA, PA – The Rutgers women’s soccer team (6-5, 1-2 BIG EAST) used two first-half goals to upset No. 18 Villanova (9-2, 3-1 BIG EAST) 2-0 Oct. 1 at the Villanova Soccer Stadium.
Sophomore Tierney Brady (Brick, NJ) staked the Scarlet Knights to an early 1-0 lead when she intercepted a clearing pass and beat the keeper in the 18th minute, scoring her first goal of the year and second of her career. Senior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) then made the score 2-0 less than three minutes later when she connected on a cross from redshirt junior Christine Wentzler (Northvale, NJ). The Rutgers defense was able to preserve that two-goal lead, despite nine second-half shots by the Wildcats. Sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made a season-high four saves in goal for the Scarlet Knights (6-5), picking up her fifth shutout of the year.
“We came out with a lot of energy, and because of that, it was one of our best halves of the season,” said fifth-year head coach Glenn Crooks. “Tierney’s goal was great. They turned it over in the center of the field, and we were able to get it to her and she struck the ball really well from about 25 yards out.
“Wentzler then passed the ball diagonally on the ground, Tara (Froehlich) dummied it and Carli was able to knock it in for the second goal. I think we were really able to control the game from that point on. It got to a certain point where they had nothing to lose, but I thought we did a good job of holding off the barrage and we were able to counterattack.
“You have to cherish any road win in the BIG EAST. This came at a great time for us (after two straight BIG EAST losses). Now we have Boston College Sunday, who has won four in a row. Coming off a very physical game at Villanova, our depth will definitely be tested.”
The win against Villanova was RU’s first road victory of the year, and first BIG EAST triumph of the season. Rutgers was ranked ninth by Soccerbuzz in this week’s Mid-Atlantic Region Poll (Sept. 28). Villanova was rated 18th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), 19th by both Soccer America and Soccerbuzz, and 20th by SoccerTimes.com in this week’s national polls. The Wildcats also were picked fourth by both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The Scarlet Knights will return home to face Boston College Sunday, Oct. 3, at 11:00 a.m.
Rutgers 2, No. 18 Villanova 0; Oct. 1; Villanova Soccer Stadium; Villanova, PA
Score By Periods
Rutgers 2 0 2
Villanova 0 0 0
Shots: Rutgers 14, VU 12. Corner Kicks: Rutgers 4, VU 4. Saves: Rutgers 4 (Jones 4), VU 6 (Loyden 6). Fouls: Rutgers 22, VU 6. Offsides: Rutgers 3, VU 0. Yellow Cards: Rutgers 1 (Lloyd), VU 0.
Time Goal Assist
RU 17:41 Tierney Brady (1)
RU 20:13 Carli Lloyd (7) Christine Wentzler (1)