Women's soccer tangles with No. 21 Rutgers on Friday
Piscataway, N.J. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team will look to stretch its winning streak to five straight games on Friday when it travels to No. 21 Rutgers for a 7 p.m. matchup against the Scarlet Knights.
Winners of four straight and unbeaten in their last five, the Seawolves are firing on all cylinders in non-conference play. Stony Brook has outscored its opposition, 12-6, and has allowed only one second-half goal all season long. On the offensive front, four players are tied for the team lead with four points. Freshman Raven Edwards (West Orange, N.J.), freshman Priscilla Wiggins (Princeton, N.J.) and senior Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.) have each netted two goals, while junior Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) has a goal and two assists. Goalkeeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.) has played every minute between the posts and has registered a 0.96 GAA and two shutouts thus far.
The Seawolves were ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA Northeast Regional Poll this week. At 4-1-1, Stony Brook is off to its best start since 2006 when the team opened the season with the same record. With four victories this year, head coach Sue Ryan is just one win shy of 200 for her career at Stony Brook.
The Scarlet Knights will represent the stiffest competition the Seawolves have seen in 2012. Rutgers (5-1-0) enters the matchup ranked No. 21 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire National Poll and second overall in the Northeast region.
The Scarlet Knights have outscored their opponents, 10-5, in six matches this year and have posted shutouts in four of their five wins. Eight of the team's 10 goals have been scored in the second half of play.
Jonelle Filigno is off to a blazing start with five goals and 11 points. No other Rutgers player has more than one goal and two points on the year. Jessica Janosz and Emmy Simpkins have split time in net and both players have posted sub-1.00 GAA's.