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While the Rutgers women’s soccer team’s offense has been less than spectacular in its past two games, the squad has combated that with solid defense. The Scarlet Knights allowed only seven shots against Villanova in the Wildcats’ 2-1 overtime victory, and although Georgetown produced 15 shots, none were severe threats besides the lone goal scored in the second half against the Hoyas.
The No. 16 Rutgers women’s soccer team’s ultimate goal was a 2-0 start in Big East play. But with the Scarlet Knights’ 1-0 loss to Georgetown yesterday, the focus now shifts to breaking their first losing streak of the season. “I’m very disappointed,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “Although Georgetown is good, I thought we were very organized on defense. I thought we defended them the way we wanted to, we just didn’t generate enough up top.”
Senior goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins records a save in front of a crowded net Friday in the Knights’ 2-1 overtime loss to Big East foe Villanova. Simpkins suffered an injury yesterday against Georgetown after diving for a save, forcing head coach Glenn Crooks to substitute in classmate Jessica Janosz.
Freshman forward Rachel Cole chases down a loose ball Friday against Villanova. Cole recorded the Knights’ best opportunity to score yesterday against Villanova, but she could not convert a breakaway.
For head women’s soccer coach Glenn Crooks, the 7-1 start to the season coupled with a No. 16 national ranking for the Scarlet Knights is everything he could ask for.With the Knights entertaining Big East opponents Villanova and Georgetown this weekend, Crooks understands that 7-1 record means nothing now.To the 12th-year head coach, tonight marks a new season, what he calls the “second season.”
Junior forward Jonelle Filigno has scored seven goals this season and is the only Knight this year to record more than one goal. Rutgers hosts Villanova today.
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.
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.