The Rutgers women's soccer team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 1-0 victory over visiting Providence on Sunday night.
With the game scoreless midway into the second half, a pair of freshmen made the difference in the game. Allison Lynch placed ball into the box from near midfield and the Providence goalie came off her line to defend it. It bounced off the keeper and fellow rookie Julia Aronov took advantage, knocking the ball into the back of the net for the goal.
Allison Lynch ➡️ Julia Aronov! The freshman pair teams up to give RU a 1-0 lead over Providence! Aronov with her first career goal, Lynch with her first assist. pic.twitter.com/uS8PMYiM0K— RutgersWomensSoccer (@RUWSoccer) September 1, 2019
Aronov scored for the first time in her Rutgers career and fifth player to score a goal on the team this season. It was also Lynch’s first career assist in scarlet.
The outcome was still in doubt late and sophomore goalkeeper Meagan McClelland made a difficult save in the 84th minute to preserve the shutout and victory. She made 3 saves to produce her third shutout of the season and 11th of her career.
SAVE! Meagan McClelland coming up with the to keep this game 1-0! pic.twitter.com/9FX6ttFXtW— RutgersWomensSoccer (@RUWSoccer) September 1, 2019
Rutgers saw veterans Chantelle Swaby, Amanda Visco, and Tiernny Wiltshire play the entire 90 plus minutes along the back line, as did defensive midfielder Gabby Provenzano.
The Scarlet Knights outshot the Friars 16-10 but were even with 3 shots apiece on goal. RU held a 5-1 edge with corners.
Expect a move up the rankings after Labor Day for Mike O’Neill’s squad, who won twice this week, including Thursday’s victory over no. 11 Tennessee.
Rutgers finishes its season opening five-game homestand against Hofstra on Thursday, September 5th at 7 p.m. ET at Yurcak Field.