November 10, 2012
BRUSHING OFF COLGATE
Rutgers women take NCAA opener, 1-0
HAMILTON, N.Y. – An early goal by sophomore Amy Pietrangelo and a strong defensive effort lifted the Rutgers women over Colgate in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament at Van Doren Field on Saturday night.
The Scarlet Knights (13-7-1) advanced to the second round, where they will take on No. 2 seed Virginia on Friday.
“We beat a very good team tonight,” Rutgers coach Glenn Crooks said. “We had a lot of resolve tonight - on the road, in a tough environment. The goal was great and came at a time in the match where we were controlling the game very well. There were moments after that where the game was escaping us, but that is part of our unity.”
RU is 5-0-1 all-time in NCAA first round matches under Crooks, advancing all six times.
“That was a collective team effort,” said senior goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins (Concord, N.C.). “We were so strong. Everyone was working to get behind the ball and when you have good defensive shape, that leads to good attacking.”
The Scarlet Knights got on the board in the 17th minute, as sophomore forward Cassie Inacio (Manalapan, N.J.) corralled a loose ball, flicking it to Pietrangelo. The Laval, Quebec native blasted a 24-yard strike into the top right corner of the net.
Redshirt junior forward Jonelle Filigno (Mississauga, Canada) had a strong opportunity in the 59th minute. On a breakaway streaking down the far side, Filigno blasted two shots on frame, but goalkeeper Ashley Walsh saved both attempts.
The Scarlet Knights had a goal called back in the 60th minute. Pietrangelo fed Inacio, who was able to flick the ball into the net, but it was ruled offside.
Simpkins made the a game-saving grab in the 63rd minute. Jillian Kinter took a shot from point-blank range, but the goalkeeper made a save to her left. Simpkins made five saves.