The win was a critical one for the Scarlet Knights, who are fighting for a top-four finish in the Mid-Atlantic Division and an invitation to the BIG EAST Tournament. RU moved into fourth place with seven points, trailing Villanova (3-1-1; 10 points), West Virginia (3-0; nine) and Georgetown (3-1; nine). Notre Dame (2-2; six) is fifth, followed by Seton Hall (0-3) and Pittsburgh (0-4).
“This is obviously a huge win for us,” third-year head coach Glenn Crooks said. “We’re still not guaranteed a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament, but it certainly helps our case. In overtime we played with a sense of urgency that we haven’t seen all year long. That’s what has been missing this year, but I hope that tonight is a sign of our team overcoming that lack of urgency.”
Junior Adrienne Dugandzic (Sicklerville, NJ) sent the corner kick to the far post, and Lloyd headed it in with 3:04 to play in the first overtime period. Dugandzic earned her first career assist on the play, adding it to her three goals this season and 10 career scores. For Lloyd, the goal was the 21st of her career and brought her career points total to 53, ranking her seventh in goals and eighth in points in RU history. It also marked her sixth career game-winning goal, moving her into a tie for sixth place on the Rutgers list.
Senior Christine Caldwell (Wyckoff, NJ) made four saves for her sixth shutout of the year (5-3-2).
Rutgers was rated eighth by Soccerbuzz and ninth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week (Sept. 30).
Rutgers will finish BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic Division play when the Scarlet Knights host Georgetown Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:00 p.m.
Scoring By Periods:
1 2 OT Final
Seton Hall 0 0 0 0
Rutgers 0 0 1 1
96:56 RU Carli Lloyd (6) Adrienne Dugandzic (1)
Shots: Seton Hall 10, Rutgers 29. Saves: Seton Hall 11, Rutgers 4. Corner Kicks: Seton Hall 1, Rutgers 7. Fouls: Seton Hall 21, Rutgers 11. Offsides: Seton Hall 1, Rutgers 1. Yellow Cards: Seton Hall 1 (Flanagan), Rutgers 1 (L. Brandao).