JAMAICA, NY – Senior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) scored twice to become Rutgers’ all-time goals leader as the Scarlet Knight women’s soccer team (9-7, 4-3 BIG EAST) defeated St. John’s (8-5-1, 2-5 BIG EAST) 3-0 Oct. 13 at Belson Stadium.
Lloyd struck just 2:31 into the match, converting a deflection off a Red Storm defender. The midfielder/forward then tacked on another score in the 86th minute for the 50th goal of her career, making her Rutgers’ all-time leader (Kris Kurzynowski, 1988-91, 49). Her first goal registered as the game winner, putting her into a tie for first place on that career list as well (15), and she also owns the top RU marks in points (117) and shots (288).
Redshirt junior Christine Wentzler (Northvale, NJ) added the final goal with 2:35 remaining in the match when she drove Tara Froehlich’s (Red Bank, NJ) cross into the lower left corner of the goal. It was Wentzler’s first goal of the year, and third of her career. For Froehlich, it was her first point since the 2002 BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals, as she missed last season due to an injury.
Sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made three saves for the Scarlet Knights in goal (9-7) for her eighth shutout of the year, a total that stands tied for fifth place on the RU single-season list. It also was the third straight shutout for Jones, who has not allowed a goal in the last 327:33.
After starting the BIG EAST season with a 1-3 record, the Scarlet Knights have won three in a row, and the win at St. John’s pushes the Scarlet Knights into a tie with Villanova for fifth place in the BIG EAST standings.
“It really was a dominant performance for us tonight,” said fifth-year head coach Glenn Crooks. “They had one, maybe two quality chances to score, and that was it. They went to three in the back to try to push forward and get the equalizer, but we were able to take advantage and get the two late goals. Getting the shutouts has been for a couple of reasons. Part of it has been how we have worked together defensively as a team. Our backs are very tough when the opponent gets the ball into the box, and our midfielders have been playing their part in back tackling. Our ability to possess and keep the ball out of our end has allowed us to control the game. And Jonesy has been particularly sharp the last two games, cutting off balls that are dangerous.
“Before our Georgetown match, we were 1-3 in the BIG EAST. Now we’re in fifth, and we’ve made a pretty good climb to get back into it. Now our goal is to finish in the top four and get a home match (in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals).”
Rutgers was ranked seventh by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and 10th by Soccerbuzz in this week’s Mid-Atlantic Region Polls (Oct. 12). St. John’s was picked seventh by both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz in the Northeast Region.
The Scarlet Knights will host a pair of BIG EAST matches this weekend – Friday, Oct. 15, at 7:00 p.m. against No. 18 West Virginia and Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1:00 p.m. against Pittsburgh.
Rutgers 3, St. John’s 0; Oct. 13; Belson Stadium; Queens, NY
Score By Periods
Rutgers 1 2 3
St. John’s 0 0 0
Shots: Rutgers 13, SJU 4. Corner Kicks: Rutgers 2, SJU 1. Saves: Rutgers 3 (Jones 3), SJU 4 (Rollings 4). Fouls: Rutgers 6, SJU 9. Offsides: Rutgers 6, SJU 0. Yellow Cards: Rutgers 0, SJU 1.
Time Goal Assist
RU 2:31 Carli Lloyd (9)
RU 85:44 Lloyd (10)
RU 87:25 Christine Wentzler (1) Tara Froehlich (1)