HANOVER, N.H.- Rutgers' Jonelle Filigno scored in the 89th minute to end the Dartmouth women's soccer team's upset bid of 21st-ranked Rutgers on Sunday (Sept. 9) at Burnham Field. Filigno's goal sealed a 2-1 victory for Rutgers and handed the Big Green just its third home-opening loss at Burnham in the last 10 seasons.
Big Green senior tri-captain Emma Brush (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) put Dartmouth (2-2-0) up in the 58th minute. Dartmouth pushed the ball deep into Rutgers territory and after the ball popped out to freshman Lucielle Kozlov (Vancouver, British Columbia) she passed it to Brush, who put it into the left side netting. The goal was Brush's third in the past two games and gave the Big Green the early advantage.
Rutgers (7-1-0) would respond and scored the equalizer just four minutes later. Filigno, a member of the Canadian national team, found herself alone and unmarked in the box and after receiving a pass from Hayley Katkowski tapped the ball past goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.).
The teams went back-and-forth after the Scarlet Knights scored the equalizer with both teams earning some quality scoring opportunities. Junior midfielder Chrissy Lozier (Fairfield, Conn.) had a header shot go just wide of the net at the 67:23 mark, while a shot from Rutgers' Maura McLaughlin forced Saunders to come out and make a save.
Filigno sealed the Rutgers victory with just 1:23 seconds remaining in the contest. Tricia DiPaolo played a perfect ball to Filigno's foot just inside the five-yard line and with a tap Filigno sent the ball out of Saunders' reach, sealing the win.
Lozier led the Dartmouth offense with three shots, while Brush added two shots in the contest. Saunders made four saves in 90:00 of action.
The first half of the action was capitalized by physical hard-fought action. Both teams tested each other early and both teams weathered the early storm. Rutgers seemed to control the run of play, especially through the midfield early, but the Big Green battled and was able to keep the Scarlet Knights off balance.
Freshman Corey Delaney (Chatham, N.J.) had the best opportunity of the half when she powered up for a header that nailed the crossbar and went out of bounds just before the end of the half.
The Big Green did a nice job on Filigno who was held to just one shot at halftime.
Dartmouth is next in action on Friday (Sept. 14) when it welcomes Granite State rival, New Hampshire, to Burnham Field on Friday (Sept. 14). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Rutgers (7-1-0) vs. Dartmouth (2-2-0)
Date: Sep 09, 2012 Attendance: 786
Weather: sunny, breezy, mid 70s
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Rutgers............. 0 2 - 2
Dartmouth........... 0 1 - 1
1. 57:21 DART Brush, Emma (3) (Kozlov,Lucielle) - ball popped out to goal
2. 61:22 RU FILIGNO, Jonelle (KATKOWSKI, Hayley) - in box to goal
3. 88:17 RU FILIGNO, Jonelle (DIPAOLO, Tricia) - pass in box to goal
Shots: Rutgers 12, Dartmouth 6
Saves: Rutgers 1 (SIMPKINS, Emmy 1), Dartmouth 4 (Saunders, Tatiana 4)