Maryland used two late goals to ice the contest. The Terps struck first when Katie Ludwig’s shot deflected off a RU defender and Ali Andrzejewski knocked it home in the 23rd minute. Rutgers sophomore all-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) evened the score when she took a long pass out of the back from redshirt sophomore Lissette Brandao (Rahway, NJ) and sent a blast from outside the box with five minutes remaining in the first half.
Maryland tacked on two goals in a 1:34 span 18 minutes into the second half, but Brandao headed in Lloyd’s free kick in the 66th minute to pull the Knights back to within one goal at 3-2. The Terps put the game away with scores in the 76th and 80 minutes.
Senior Christine Caldwell (Wyckoff, NJ) made three saves in the loss (0-1-1).
Rutgers was rated sixth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week, while Maryland was eighth (Sept. 2). In the Soccerbuzz poll, RU was third and the Terps were seventh. RU also was ranked 21st by Soccerbuzz and tied for 25th by SoccerTimes.com in the groups’ national polls.
Rutgers will finish the weekend by hosting Delaware (1-1) Sunday, Sept. 8, at 1:00 p.m.
1 2 Final
Maryland 1 4 5
Rutgers 1 1 2
MD 22:44 Ali Andrzejewski Katie Ludwig
RU 40:00 Carli Lloyd Lissette Brandao
MD 63:32 Ludwig
MD 64:56 Andrzejewski Jen Biscoe
RU 65:47 Brandao Lloyd
MD 75:24 Kim King Andrzejewski
MD 79:10 Simone Dekker King