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The Rutgers women’s soccer team has only four players who started in eight games so far this season. Senior captains Shannon Woeller and Tricia DiPaolo, who provide a constant leadership presence for the Scarlet Knights this year, are two of those players. Sophomore defender Morgan Kennedy, whose versatility led to 19 appearances last season while appearing this year as a solid contributor in the back four, is the third. Freshman midfielder Hayley Katkowski, who is second on the team with 710 minutes played, is the final one of the four.
April Price felt a rush when she struck a goal Friday against Stony Brook in a 2-1 victory for the Rutgers women’s soccer team. While the score was the first for the senior forward since October 2010 against Providence, finding the back of the net was not the Mechanicsville, Va., native’s main intention. Simply remaining injury-free and finding the field was enough motivation for Price entering her final season. “One thing I really wanted to focus on going into this year was staying healthy,” Price said.
With the Rutgers women’s soccer team showcasing only one consistent goal scorer in forward Jonelle Filigno, the junior has played the role of hero on multiple occasions this season.She demonstrated her role again yesterday, as Filigno found the back of the net twice in the last 30 minutes against Dartmouth to capture a 2-1 victory.“We pushed for that first goal, and once we had that we were pumped up from there and wanted that second one,” Filigno said. “It felt great to get that second goal and it feels great anytime you get the game winner.”
When forward April Price found the back of the net in the 72nd minute Friday for the Rutgers women’s soccer team against Stony Brook, the feeling was something she had not felt in a long time.It was the first goal for the senior in a little less than two years. Her last score was on Oct. 3, 2010, against Providence.Her strike, coming off a pass from freshman forward Rachel Cole, broke the scoreless tie and was the first in a 2-0 victory against the Seawolves.
Rutgers head women’s soccer coach Glenn Crooks emphasized the Scarlet Knights’ lack of goal scoring all week in practice. The Knights have had a hard time getting shots off in the early part of the season, despite their 5-1 record and No. 21 national ranking. While goal scoring so far has not hurt the Knights, it will always be a priority. Crooks sees other areas of the game that need work, including Rutgers’ mentality and execution in the first half.
With seven freshmen in the rotation so far this season, it is easy for the Rutgers women’s soccer team to appear unorganized at times on the field. For head coach Glenn Crooks, senior defender Shannon Woeller serves as the orchestrator of the back four and someone he feels comfortable with controlling the team as a whole. “When you are a center back for any team, you have to speak,” Crooks said. “You have to direct people, you have to organize, and part of that is just growing up a leader, and she has done that.”
When Rutgers head women’s soccer coach Glenn Crooks recruited freshman defender Brianne Reed last year, it was her physicality and personality that Crooks believed could help the team. But it was not until the first game of the season, when Reed took off in the air on a throw-in, that junior defender Tori Leigh discovered what Crooks calls an “added bonus.” “I was impressed with it,” Leigh said. “I’ve never seen it done before besides with her. We never practiced it [with her], so it was a shocker to all of us.”
It was late in extra time when Alex Morgan headed a goal to seal the United States women’s national team’s victory against Canada in the London 2012 Olympics. Her strike advanced the U.S. to the gold medal match. In a game Canada dominated for nearly the entire match, Rutgers women’s soccer junior forward Jonelle Filigno, a member of the Canadian team, felt a sinking feeling in her stomach as her team only had an opportunity to earn a bronze medal.
Though the Rutgers women’s soccer team has played well in its first six games of the season, two key out-of-conference games lie ahead for the Scarlet Knights before they enter Big East play. Despite inconsistent play from the team, head coach Glenn Crooks feels the Knights need to get more balls in the net to be effective. “We need a better goal-scoring mentality,” Crooks said. “We have players that have the ability to score goals, but that hasn’t been consistent as of yet.
When the Rutgers women’s soccer team began preparing for the 2012 season in July, head coach Glen Crooks knew it would be one of the more successful squads he had in his 12-year tenure as the head of the program.After a 5-1 start and a national ranking, Crooks is more than pleased with the team’s results.“You step on the field and expect to win every game,” Crooks said. “I believe the players are starting to believe that. If we think like that and utilize our depth, we can cause some teams problems.”
One of the many challenges Kyle Flood faced entering his first season as Rutgers head football coach was settling on a starting quarterback. After a 35-0 Scarlet win in Rutgers’ Scarlet-White Game, he still has no answer. “I never put a timeframe on it because I think the players will decide that ultimately, and I think one guy will emerge,” Flood said. “In a perfect world, you would have one quarterback going into the summer.”
Everything was in place for the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team Saturday as it controlled its playoff chances. Win and advance to the Big East Tournament. Lose and go home. After a fast start and a halftime lead, the Scarlet Knights could not put the Hoyas away, losing their season finale, 9-7, along with their chance at playing in the Big East Tournament. “We had some good moments,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias.
Rutgers head women’s lacrosse coach Laura Brand-Sias made it very clear how she felt about Saturday’s loss to Loyola (Md.). “We went in feeling like we should win the game, and I felt like we should have,” Brand-Sias said. “I’m not going to go into a game and say, ‘Oh, I’m happy that we performed well against a highly ranked team.’ I really don’t care who we play — I think we should be coming out with the win.”
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team has had problems with consistency all season. That was evident in the Scarlet Knights’ last game against Loyola (Md.), when the Knights failed to capitalize on strong play in the first half. Though the Greyhounds scored 15 goals in their victory, head coach Laura Brand-Sias believes junior goalkeeper Lily Kalata’s dependable play this season has been her biggest improvement.
For the Rutgers tennis team, its season finale loss to Notre Dame in the second round of the Big East Tournament was a clear representation of its season. It was consistent. The Scarlet Knights lost to the teams that were better than them on paper and defeated the ones that were not. Still, for head coach Ben Bucca, the season was a success for the Knights (12-9, 7-3). “I think overall when you take a look at how the team performed, you have to be pleased,” Bucca said.
Rutgers head women’s lacrosse coach Laura Brand-Sias preached all season that the Scarlet Knights needed to play a full 60 minutes to be successful. After a fast start, the Knights could not keep up with No. 14 Loyola (Md.), losing, 15-11, on Saturday, one game before their season finale with Georgetown. “I think we had a nice game, but there was just that chunk of time in the second half where we didn’t take control of things,” Brand-Sias said.
The Rutgers tennis team had all the momentum it needed in its second-round Big East Tournament matchup against Notre Dame. But a five-match winning streak and a first-round victory against Cincinnati were not enough to pull off an upset against the Fighting Irish, as the No. 8 seed Scarlet Knights lost Friday, 4-0, finishing off their season. Head coach Ben Bucca was disappointed in the Knights’ loss, but pleased with the way the team fought against the No.1 seed in the tournament.
Rutgers head tennis coach Ben Bucca pointed to the eam’s veteran leadership this season as a main reason for the Scarlet Knights’ success. After freshman Lindsay Balsamo dropped her singles match in the third set, the No. 8 seed Knights faced a tie against No. 9 seed Cincinnati yesterday with only Morgan Ivey’s match remaining. The senior delivered in a three-set win, advancing the Knights to the second round of the Big East Tournament, 4-3.
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team’s 13-10 win Sunday against Cincinnati gave the Scarlet Knights seniors one last chance to compete in a home game at Yurcak Field. But the victory also gave head coach Laura Brand-Sias an opportunity to see what the team needs to work on. One stat stood out from all of the rest. While the Knights (9-5, 4-2) recorded 13 goals — one of their highest scoring outputs of the season — that mark came from 32 shot attempts.
With a No. 8 seed in the Big East Tournament, the Rutgers tennis team enters its match against No. 9 Cincinnati today off of its most recent victory: a 6-1 win against West Virginia. “To have such a convincing win against West Virginia was good,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “Our win reflects the high quality of play that we have been experiencing.” That play, which includes six straight Big East wins, aids the Scarlet Knights, who compete in the first round of the tournament.