November 22, 2015
A RUTGERS ROMP
Scarlet Knights women roll over UConn, 4-0, to move into the Elite Eight of NCAA tournament
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Ninth-ranked Rutgers University, in one of their most impressive performances of the season, recorded a dominant 4-0 victory over Connecticut in the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament Sweet 16 at Yurcak Field.
The win earned the program's first trip to the Elite Eight.
Rutgers (19-3-2) will play No. 1-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on either Friday or Saturday with a berth to the College Cup at stake. The Cavaliers advanced with a 2-0 victory over USC Sunday.
"Man, were they good today," head coach Mike O'Neill said of his team. "They were good."
Two first-half goals in a three-minute span - both off headers - were all the scoring and insurance the Scarlet Knights would need in extending already established school records for victories and shutouts (18), with this team having yet to allow a goal in three NCAA Tournament games.
"I can't even begin to explain what this means to reach the Elite Eight," Briane Reed said. "As this tournament has progressed we keep playing better and better. I have huge hopes for what's left."
Junior Madison Tiernan jumpstarted the Scarlet Knights in the 29th minute, heading a corner kick from freshman Kenie Wright that deflected off the forehead of defender Annie Wickett, who was standing on the goal line, into the upper right corner of the net. It was Tiernan's second goal of the season.
It quickly became 2-0 in the 32nd minute on a goal triggered by Reed's flip throw-in that freshman Jennifer Andresen was able to gather on the left side of box. She chipped a cross that was headed by freshman Katelyn Walters into the near side of the net.
If that wasn't insurmountable enough for the visiting Huskies (19-4), Rutgers made it 3-0 in the 50th minute when Cassie Inacio scored from the left of the 18 off a feed from Colby Ciarrocca, who collected her own rebound near the net and sent it back out to her open teammate.
Rutgers then matched its season-high for goals in a game on Ciarrocca's breakaway in the 90th minute.