It was the first contest against a ranked opponent, and a former conference rival at that.
And it turned out the same way as the last three.
Last season, the then-No. 22 Scarlet Knights claimed a 2-0 win over the then-No. 10 Huskies on the road. On Sunday, the No. 15 Knights duplicated last year’s result in Storrs, topping the No. 21 Huskies (0-1-1), 2-0 at home.
The Knights got goals from a veteran and a newcomer. Senior Colby Ciarrocca scored first in the 51st minute.
Ciarrocca with an "UNSAVEABLE" BLAST!— Rutgers On BTN (@RutgersOnBTN) August 27, 2017
No. 15 @RUWSoccer gets the all important first GOAL in this #Top25 Match https://t.co/VZaT85Qqvq
While that would be enough for the victory, freshman Amirah Ali capped the scoring with a feed from Nicole Whitely, putting it in the net from the top of the box.
“We got some good goals by Colby and Amirah and we’re pumped to get the shutout,” said redshirt junior goalkeeper Casey Murphy. “We’re happy to get this one, but we’re re-focusing for our next game now.”
Murphy had five saves on the afternoon to secure the third shutout of the young season. The Huskies only had a total of eight shots to RU’s 20 (eight on goal), but the Knights made the most of their opportunities.
The Knights are now 3-0, all shutouts, and host Mt. St. Mary’s on Thursday night at 7:00 pm.