August 26, 2012
BOLTING FROM THE STARTING GATE
Rutgers women 4-0 after 1-0 win
PISCATAWAY, N.J – Off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2007, No. 23 Rutgers women edged Siena, 1-0, at Yurcak Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights outshot the Saints (0-2), 26-1.
“I thought we played quite well,” Rutgers coach Glenn Crooks said. “We had a little trouble finishing, but we will work on that. Overall, I’m happy that so many people contributed. I’ll take the victory. The own goal happens in soccer when a team is pressuring and pressuring and that is what we were doing.”
The Rutgers score came on an own goal by Siena’s Lisa Valenziano. A Gabby Moreno (Severna Park, Md.) cross made its way into the penalty area where Valenziano tried to head it away, instead putting it in the net.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jessica Janosz (Ringwood, N.J.) earned her fourth win of the season, as she and goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins (Concord, N.C.) combined for the shutout.
Redshirt junior Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) had the best chance for RU in the first half, sending a left-footed shot from the top of the box just wide in the 31st minute. The Scarlet Knights pressured the Saints throughout the first 45 minutes, taking 10 shots while allowing only one.
Rutgers continued to pressure in the second half. A goal by freshman midfielder Erica Skroski (Galloway, N.J.) was called back in the 50th minute on an offside call.
Redshirt freshman Amanda DeVolk (Frisco, Texas) had a one-on-one in 57th minute, sending the ball just wide of the frame. Freshman Rachel Cole (Teaneck, N.J.) blasted a shot from 20 yards in the 58th minute, hitting the cross bar.
Rutgers hits the road next weekend for two games in College Station, Texas. RU will face No. 14 Texas A&M Friday at 8 p.m. followed by Sam Houston State next Sunday at 11:30 a.m.