The no. 17 ranked Rutgers women’s soccer team picked up its biggest win of the season so far on Thursday night, defeating no. 11 Tennessee 1-0 in front of over 1,000 in attendance at Yurcak Field.
Senior Brittany LaPlant scored the game winner in the 47th minute off a pass from Nneke Moneme.
Brittany LaPlant breaks the 0-0 tie with a goal set up by Nneka Moneme!@RUWSoccer leads #11 Tennessee early in the second half!#RFutbol pic.twitter.com/kyaFVGEQaI— Rutgers On BTN (@RutgersOnBTN) August 30, 2019
The visiting Vols made a strong final push in the game in which they had two corners in the last few minutes, but Rutgers held up for the victory. RU outshot Tennessee 15-7 on the night, but the SEC squad held a 5-3 advantage on corners.
The Scarlet Knights moved to 3-0 on the season after producing a big victory in non-conference play. It was the highest ranked win since they defeated no. 12 Wisconsin two seasons ago. This is the type of victory that not only builds confidence ahead of Big Ten play, but will only help Rutgers down the road regarding NCAA Tournament consideration and seeding.
Rutgers has outscored it’s three opponents so far this season 8-1.
LaPlant scored her first goal of the season and 10th of her career. Moneme registered the first assist of her season one game after producing the first hat trick of her career. Goalkeeper Meagan McClelland had one save and delivered the 10th shutout of her career.
UPSET ALERT!— Rutgers On BTN (@RutgersOnBTN) August 30, 2019
Pandemonium in Piscataway as @RUWSoccer defeats No. 11 Tennessee, 1-0! pic.twitter.com/Y5INiI7aq9
Rutgers improved to 56-7-6 over the past 13 seasons at home in non-conference play. They next face Providence (2-1) at Yurcak Field this Sunday, September 1st at 6 p.m.
Thank you to all R fans who came out to Yurcak tonight! Your presence was felt. Hope to see you all on Sunday for our next home match!— RutgersWomensSoccer (@RUWSoccer) August 30, 2019