After winning both games last weekend to open the season, the Rutgers women’s soccer team faced it’s most challenging opponent yet on Thursday night against St. Joseph’s Both teams entered the game with a 2-0 record and the Hawks are coming off a 11-6-2 campaign in 2017. They became the first team to lead Rutgers this season, as Mackenzie Ehresman headed in a free kick from Paige Bergman to give St. Joe’s the lead in the 41st minute of action.
After trailing at the break, the Scarlet Knights were able to tie the game in the 66th minute when senior captain Kenie Wright sent a corner kick into the box and junior Amanda Visco was able to finish for the score. Wright now has an assist in every game this season.
It was tied at the end of regulation and the game went into overtime, where no scoring took place. Overall, Rutgers dominated in offensive opportunities, leading St. Joe’s in shots taken by a 12-3 margin and a 7-3 edge in corner kicks. True freshman Meagan McClelland started in goal for the third consecutive time this season, but did not register a save in the contest, as St. Joe’s had very few chances on goal.
In the extra session, Rutgers held the Hawks without a shot, but couldn’t deliver on three attempts of their own, unable to find the net and win the game. Still for a young team working to gel in the early season, a draw against one of the better regional teams in the area isn’t a step back. There is plenty of work to be done, but Rutgers remains undefeated with a 2-0-1 record.
Rutgers is now an incredible 105-18-15 at Yurcak Field since the beginning of the 2006 season. The Scarlet Knights return to action this Sunday, August 26th at 1 p.m. against George Mason, who enter the contest with a 1-1 record.