PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sophomore Kim Mineo (Glen Rock, NJ) scored her first career goal in the 57th minute to lead the Rutgers women’s soccer team (8-7, 3-3 BIG EAST) to a 1-0 victory against Syracuse (6-5-2, 1-4-1 BIG EAST) Oct. 10 at Yurcak Field.
Redshirt senior Lissette Brandao (Rahway, NJ) sent a ball up through the midfield that two Syracuse defenders, Orange goalkeeper Shannon Myers and Mineo all converged on almost simultaneously. Mineo was able to come away with the ball, turning the corner to her left and scoring from the top-left corner of the box. The Rutgers defense was able to hold off Syracuse from that point forward, allowing just three shots on goal during a very physical match, one that resulted in 25 fouls being called.
Sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made three saves for the Scarlet Knights in goal (8-7) for her seventh shutout of the year, a total that stands tied for eighth place on the RU single-season list.
“We’re creating a lot of (goal-scoring) opportunities right now,” said fifth-year head coach Glenn Crooks. “The more opportunities you get, obviously the more chances you have to score. I don’t think we were prepared initially for the physical game Syracuse brought. I don’t think we dealt well with that at first. One of our players went down in front of our bench about two-thirds of the way through the first half, and I looked at our team and I saw them wake up. From that point on, I thought we really controlled the match.
“Kim had one chance she missed, and on she finished. Kim works very hard, and can disrupt the back. On both of those occasions, she was very determined to get something out of it. There was a lot of pressure on the keeper, and that was because of Kim.”
The victory puts Rutgers one game above .500 overall, but more importantly, evens the Scarlet Knights’ BIG EAST record at 3-3, keeping RU in contention for a top-eight finish and bid to the BIG EAST Championship. Rutgers was ranked eighth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and ninth by Soccerbuzz in this week’s Mid-Atlantic Region Polls (Oct. 5). Syracuse was picked sixth by Soccerbuzz in the Northeast Region.
The Scarlet Knights will next travel to Jamaica, Queens, to play St. John’s Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7:00 p.m.
Rutgers 1, Syracuse 0; Oct. 10; Yurcak Field; Piscataway, NJ
Score By Periods
Syracuse 0 0 0
Rutgers 0 1 1
Shots: SU 3, Rutgers 12. Corner Kicks: SU 6, Rutgers 5. Saves: SU 5 (Myers 5), Rutgers 3 (Jones 3). Fouls: SU 11, Rutgers 14. Offsides: SU 1, Rutgers 3. Yellow Cards: SU 0, Rutgers 0.
Time Goal Assist
RU 56:15 Kim Mineo (1) Lissette Brandao (1)