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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.
Senior forward April Price scored her first goal in nearly two years Friday against Stony Brook. Head coach Glenn Crooks said she needed to recommit to working her way back into the forward rotation.
Junior forward Jonelle Filigno, the Knights’ leading goal scorer, could benefit from April Price’s re-emergence in the Rutgers offense.
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.
Junior forward Jonelle Filigno, shown against Stony Brook on Friday, scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute last night at Dartmouth after tying the game in the 61st minute.
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.
Junior forward Jonelle FIligno scored five goals in six games.
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.”
Senior center back Shannon Woeller started more than half of the Knights’ matches during her freshman season, but she admits it took until her junior campaign to become more outspoken.
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.”
Head coach Glenn Crooks first witnesses Brianne Reed’s throw-ins high school.
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.”
Junior forward Jonelle Filigno leads Rutgers in scoring this season five goals and has helped lift the Knights to a 5-1 start and a No. 16 national ranking.
Rutgers Athletics announced the women’s soccer team’s 10-member
2012 recruiting class yesterday via Twitter. Jackson Liberty High
School product Cassidy Benintente was Top Drawer’s No. 9 player to
watch in New Jersey. She joins PDA Charge teammates Rachel Cole,
Maggie Morash and Brianne Reed on the Scarlet Knights’ roster. Cole
is ESPN’s No. 75 overall recruit.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team earned the NSCAA College Team
Academic award, making the Scarlet Knights one of 571 women’s teams
honored for academic excellence. To be eligible for the award, a
team must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average.
All the pieces for success were in place for the Rutgers women’s
soccer team prior to the start of the season. Then, mayhem struck.
Only in the Scarlet Knights’ (8-8-3, 3-5-3) case, no insurance
existed that could compensate for the damages. “It seemed like
every injury was to an attacking player, and it ultimately had a
major impact on the season,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “You
can’t lose some of those kinds of kids … and still produce in the
Sophomore forward Jonelle Filigno missed most of the season with
a nagging ankle injury. Despite the missed time, Filigno still led
the Knights with six goals.