Rutgers Holds Off @MemphisWSoccer 3-2
Oct. 4, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (9-2-1, 2-1-0 American) scored two early goals and held off Memphis (7-5-0, 0-3-0 American) for a 3-2 victory on Friday at Yurcak Field.
The Scarlet Knights put away a goal in the fourth minute to take the 1-0 lead as Stefanie Scholz scored her seventh on the season. Tricia Dipaolo crossed the ball to Madison Tiernan and Teirnan one timed a pass to Scholz in front of the net for the goal.
Rutgers added to the lead 10 minutes later as Jonelle Filigno finished off a corner kick with a goal. Amy Pietrangelo served the kick and Filigno waited at the back post where she headed in the goal for a 2-0 Scarlet Knights lead.
Working against a 2-0 deficit, Memphis increased the pressure, but Rutgers goalkeeper Jessica Janosz made two stops to keep the Lady Tigers scoreless. In the 20th minute, Elysia Masters served a corner into the box where Christabel Oduro put a shot on target, but Janosz made the stop. Seven minute later, Nugene Nugent put a shot on frame and Janosz again made the save.
Memphis was able to break through in the 28th minute as Marissa Duguay cleaned up a scrum in the box for her second goal on the season. The Lady Tigers offensive pressure earned the U of M a corner kick and Kaitlyn Atkins served the kick. Rutgers was unable to clear it out and Duguay found the back of the net for her second career score.
The Lady Tigers nearly equalized in the 42nd minute, but a header by Diamond Simpson bounced of the post. Memphis held a slight advantage with four shots on goal to Rutgers two, but both of the Scarlet Knights shots on frame resulted in goals in the first half.
Memphis continued the pressure out of the halftime break as Kylie Davis made a run on the counter attack. After a Rutgers corner, Davis put a shot on frame that was initially saved by Janosz, but Oduro gathered the rebound and got a shot off, only to see it sail high.
After a corner kick was served in by Rutgers, Memphis was whistled for a foul in the penalty area resulting in a penalty kick attempt. Filigno was called upon to take the kick and she buried the penalty attempt to give Rutgers the 3-1 advantage.
Five minutes later, Memphis was again whistled for a foul in the box. Filigno stepped to the penalty spot and booted the kick, but freshman goalkeeper Maryse Bard-Martel made the stop to keep the deficit at 3-1.
Memphis responded as freshman forward Valerie Sanderson scored her 10th goal of the season in the 80th minute. Atkins served a beautiful cross into the box and Sanderson put it away with a header. With her 10th goal on the season, Sanderson ranks third among freshman goal scoring records. Atkins picks up her team-high eighth assist, the 19th of her career.
Bard-Martel finished with two saves while Janosz had four stops. Rutgers out-shot the U of M 15-13, but Memphis held a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal.
The Lady Tigers have lost three-straight games by one goal deficits for the first time since the 2003 season. Memphis looks to snap the skid when it returns to Mike Rose Soccer Complex for the first home game since September 13.
Memphis takes on SMU on Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. Admission to Mike Rose Soccer Complex is free.