PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s soccer team (1-0) exploded for four second-half goals, defeating Providence (0-1) 5-0 in the season opener Aug. 29 at Yurcak Field.
The 5-0 decision tied the school record for the largest margin of victory in a season opener, matching the 5-0 victory at St. Bonaventure to begin the 1993 campaign (Sept. 4). It was the most lopsided win for Rutgers since a 5-0 home win against the Friars on Sept. 10, 1999, and the biggest home opener win since Sept. 13, 1991, when the Knights defeated UMBC 8-0. Rutgers now is 13-0 all time against Providence.
Junior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) led the RU offense with five points (two goals, one assist), followed by sophomore Kelly Evans (Saddle Brook, NJ) with four (two goals).
“Obviously, this is a great way to open the season, and be as dominate as we were,” fourth-year head coach Glenn Crooks said. “Early on, I thought we were a bit nervous and tight, but from the 10-minute mark on we controlled the match and were more composed in our attack. Carli played well, and we’re trying to get more variety in her attack. Kelly’s goals were goals that we need her to score throughout the season. And it was nice to see Adrienne (Dugandzic) get on the board as well. I was very pleased with our attack tonight.”
Lloyd got Rutgers on the board in the 38th minute when she took a pass from freshman Nicole Aquila (Piscataway, NJ) in the middle of the box and scored to the upper-left corner from 18 yards. Evans then put the Knights up 2-0 in the 48th minute when she weaved through the defense and bent a ball inside the right post. Lloyd’s second goal came in the 71st minute as she stole the ball and beat the keeper 1 v. 1. Two minutes later, Lloyd found Evans in the middle of the box, and Evans one-timed the ball to make the score 4-0. Rutgers’ final goal came with 10 minutes to play, as senior Adrienne Dugandzic (Sicklerville, NJ) dribbled up the middle and scored from just inside the box. Freshman Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) got the start in goal, but did not have to make a save in earning the victory (1-0). Sophomore Nora Crawford (McLean, VA) played the final 15:55 in goal.
Rutgers will be back in action on Sunday, Aug. 31, when the Scarlet Knights host Stony Brook (0-0) at 1:00 p.m.
Rutgers 5, Providence 0; Aug. 29; Yurcak Field; Piscataway, NJ
Score By Periods
Providence 0 0 0
Rutgers 1 4 5
Shots: PC 1, RU 17. Corner Kicks: PC 0, RU 4. Saves: PC 6, RU 0. Fouls: PC 6, RU 8. Offsides: PC 0, RU 0. Yellow Cards: PC 0, RU 0.
Time Goal Assist
RU 37:30 Carli Lloyd (1) Nicole Aquila (1)
RU 47:45 Kelly Evans (1)
RU 70:44 Lloyd (2)
RU 72:44 Evans (2) Lloyd (1)
RU 80:00 Adrienne Dugandzic (1)