October 5, 2012
A SCARLET SCORE
Rutgers marks DePaul in OT
CHICAGO – Jonelle Filigno scored in the 91st minute to give Rutgers 1-0 overtime win over De Paul at Wish Field on Friday afternoon.
Rutgers forward Cassie Inacio dribbled the ball through the midfield and played a ball to Filigno, who was able to receive the ball in the box and strike it low into the right netting past DePaul goalkeeper Megan Pyrz.
For Filigno, who earned a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics with the Canadian National Team, it was her 10th goal of the season.
“We didn’t track a runner into the box and they slipped a nice pass,” said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. “We tried to be physical and prevent her from facing up and running at us because that’s where she’s really dangerous.”
Despite the loss, it was DePaul (7-7-1, 2-4-0 in the Big East ) who came out aggressively at the starting whistle with multiple attacks on goal in the first couple of minutes.
“I thought we had a great start,” Chastain said. “That was our game plan to come out with a lot of energy and intensity, and I think we did that.”
Blue Demon forward Natasa Radosavljevic played a ball in the first minute to teammate Elyse Wyatt that turned into a corner kick. The fast speed of play from the midfield up to the forwards created several shots on goal in the beginning of the game. Ashleigh Goddard created chances for her team, including her shot on frame.
Pyrz was tested early as she made three saves in the first half. Rutgers goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins made one save in the opening 45 minutes.
A Rutgers foul created a chance for midfielder Rebekah Roller to serve the ball into the attacking box for the Blue Demons, but Rutgers (9-6-0, 2-5-0) was up to the task defensively.
Pyrz made two saves and Simpkins one in the second half.
DePaul continues its season with a game at 1 p.m. Sunday against Seton Hall at Wish Field.
“We recognize we threw away a good opportunity to get some good Big East points today, and we’ve got to go out and get them on Sunday,” Chastain said.