NOTRE DAME, IN – The Rutgers women’s soccer team (9-9-1, 4-5-1 BIG EAST) played to a scoreless double-overtime draw with No. 1 Notre Dame (15-0-1, 8-0-1 BIG EAST) in the final match of the regular season Oct. 22 at Alumni Field, securing a berth for the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament.
In handing the Fighting Irish their first non-victory of the season, Rutgers (4-5-1) finishes the year with 13 points, enough to guarantee a top-eight finish in the BIG EAST regular-season standings. The Scarlet Knights could finish anywhere between fifth and eighth, depending on the results of other teams’ remaining regular-season matches Oct. 24.
Rutgers had two good scoring chances in the second half, the first a try by Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) on a Domenique Esposito (Rivervale, NJ) cross. Lloyd struck the ball from inside the six-yard box with the Notre Dame goalkeeper off the line, but an Irish defender was able to make the save. Then, just minutes later, Esposito went 1 v. 1 with the keeper, but ND’s Erika Bohn was able to make an excellent sliding save to keep the match scoreless.
“Considering what happened last weekend, to come out to Notre Dame and tie them on their home field and give them their first (record) blemish is a good feeling,” said fifth-year Rutgers head coach Glenn Crooks. “It’s an even better feeling to see how hard our team worked from start to finish, and how hard they worked together as a team. This is a very satisfying tie, and certainly not all ties are, but this one is.”
Sophomore Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made a season-high nine saves for the Scarlet Knights in goal (9-9-1). With the shutout, she moved into a tie for fourth place on both the Rutgers single-season (nine) and career (16) charts.
Rutgers was ranked eighth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and 10th by Soccerbuzz in this week’s Mid-Atlantic Region Polls (Oct. 19). Notre Dame was rated first by the NSCAA and Soccer America and second by Soccerbuzz and SoccerTimes.com in the national polls. The Fighting Irish were ranked first by both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz in the Great Lakes Region.
Rutgers 0, No. 1 Notre Dame 0; Double Overtime; Oct. 22; Alumni Field; Notre
Score By Periods
Rutgers 0 0 0 0 0
Notre Dame 0 0 0 0 0
Shots: Rutgers 5, ND 20. Corner Kicks: Rutgers 3, ND 8. Saves: Rutgers 9 (Jones 9), ND 2 (Bohn 2). Fouls: Rutgers 16, ND 21. Offsides: Rutgers 3, ND 3. Yellow Cards: Rutgers 0, ND 0.