PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s soccer team (9-8, 4-4 BIG EAST) had its three-match win streak stopped as the Scarlet Knights fell to No. 18 West Virginia (12-3, 6-2 BIG EAST) 2-0 Oct. 15 at Yurcak Field.
West Virginia got on the scoreboard in the 13th minute, when a ball from Ashley Weimer squirted through the Rutgers defense and found its way to Marisa Kanela, who scored from four yards out. The Mountaineers made the score 2-0 in the 54th minute when Rachael Minnich headed the ball from the left side of the box to Laura Kane, who headed the ball to a waiting Ashley Banks. Banks then buried the ball to the lower left corner from inside the six-yard box.
Sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made four saves for the Scarlet Knights in goal (9-8). The Mountaineers’ first goal snapped Jones’ shutout streak at 340:22.
“West Virginia is a very good team, and they played like a nationally ranked team tonight,” said fifth-year head coach Glenn Crooks. “I look at it as a pretty level match. The first goal was unfortunate. They flighted the ball in and we just missed it. In the second half we played with great conviction and played very hard. We had a lot of opportunities before they had their first.”
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). West Virginia was picked 18th by the NSCAA, 19th by Soccer America and Soccerbuzz and 16th by SoccerTimes.com in this week’s national polls. The Mountaineers also were picked fourth by both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The Scarlet Knights will honor their five seniors prior to their final home match of the regular season Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1:00 p.m. against Pittsburgh.
No. 18 West Virginia 2, Rutgers 0; Oct. 15; Yurcak Field; Piscataway, NJ
Score By Periods
West Virginia 1 1 2
Rutgers 0 0 0
Shots: WVU 9, Rutgers 5. Corner Kicks: WVU 1, Rutgers 1. Saves: WVU 2 (Bannerman 2), Rutgers 5 (Jones 4, Team 1). Fouls: WVU 4, Rutgers 8. Offsides: WVU 1, Rutgers 2. Yellow Cards: WVU 0, Rutgers 0.
Time Goal Assist
WVU 12:49 Marisa Kanela (9) Ashley Weimer (6)
WVU 53:12 Ashley Banks (7) Rachael Minnich (5), Laura Kane (8)