NOTRE DAME, IN - The Rutgers women’s soccer team (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season, falling 1-0 to No. 13 Arizona State (3-1) at the Notre Dame Classic Sept. 7.
The Sun Devils scored the game’s lone goal in the 43rd minute. Despite a 14-12 advantage in shots, including a 7-5 edge in the second half, the Scarlet Knights were unable to get the equalizer. Freshman Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made five saves in the loss (2-1).
“We came out very aggressive in the first half and created a lot of opportunities,” fourth-year head coach Glenn Crooks said. “We didn’t permit many opportunities for Arizona State, and did a good job of getting forward. We outshot them and had two or three excellent chances to score, but we just couldn’t finish those chances. I’m encouraged, none the less, and overall I though we had a pretty good weekend.”
Rutgers was ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccerbuzz, while the Sun Devils were ranked ninth by Soccerbuzz, 13th by Soccer America and 23rd by SoccerTimes.com nationally, and 10th by the NSCAA and fourth by Soccerbuzz in the West Region (Sept. 1).
Jones was named the Notre Dame Classic’s Most Valuable Goalkeeper, and joined junior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) on the All-Tournament Team.
Rutgers will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 12, when the Scarlet Knights take on Iowa at the Kentucky Invitational at 5:00 p.m.
Arizona State 1, Rutgers 0; Notre Dame Classic; Sept. 7; Alumni Field; Notre Dame, IN
Score By Periods
Rutgers 0 0 0
Arizona State 1 0 1
Shots: RU 14, ASU 12. Corner Kicks: RU 3, ASU 3. Saves: RU 5, ASU 7. Fouls: RU 15, ASU 11. Offsides: RU 0, ASU 1. Yellow Cards: RU 0, ASU 0.
Time Goal Assist
ASU 42:03 Brittany Cooper Stephanie Ebner