Senior Erin McIntyre (Turnersville, NJ) gave RU a quick 1-0 lead when she unleashed a shot from beyond the left side of the box into the upper-right corner just 2:10 into the match. For McIntyre, it was her first goal of the season and the second of her career.
West Virginia’s Chrissie Abbott scored two first-half goals to lift the Mountaineers to the victory. The first came in the 25th minute when she redirected a loose ball to the right side of the net. The second was set up by a cross from the left side, then a header to Abbott’s feet in the middle of the box in the 37th minute.
Senior Christine Caldwell (Wyckoff, NJ) made three saves in the loss (4-3-2).
“Erin’s goal was a tremendous shot, and it came at a time when we were playing extremely well,” third-year RU head coach Glenn Crooks said. “We made a defensive mistake and they tied it up. We didn’t play as well from that point on as we had the first 20 minutes. I thought we played very well defensively, except for a few breakdowns. We still need to improve in our attacking game.”
Rutgers was rated seventh by Soccerbuzz and eighth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week (Sept. 23). RU also received votes in the SoccerTimes.com national poll. West Virginia was rated 10th by the NSCAA, 11th by Soccer America, 11th by Soccerbuzz and 15th by SoccerTimes.com. The Mountaineers also are ranked first by the NSCAA and second by Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Rutgers will host in-state and BIG EAST rival Seton Hall Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:00 p.m.
Scoring By Periods:
1 2 Final
West Virginia 2 0 2
Rutgers 1 0 1
2:10 RU Erin McIntyre (1)
24:23 WVU Chrissie Abbott (12)
36:21 WVU Abbott (13) Laura Kane, Rachel Kruze
Shots: WVU 11, Rutgers 14. Saves: WVU 4, Rutgers 3. Corner Kicks: WVU 2, Rutgers
Fouls: WVU 8, Rutgers 7. Offsides: WVU 2, Rutgers 2. Yellow Cards: WVU 0, Rutgers 0.