Sept. 14, 2012
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Villanova women's soccer team (3-4-2, 1-0) got off on the right foot to begin BIG EAST play, taking down No. 16/20 Rutgers (7-2-0, 0-1) 2-1 in overtime for their second consecutive victory on the season and their first win over a ranked opponent in 2012. Freshman Renee Hart (Bethesda, Md.) notched her first collegiate goal to bring home the overtime win as the Wildcats moved to 1-0 in conference play.
With 7:54 on the clock in overtime, senior Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) notched her sixth assist of the year and the 26th of her career when she fed Hart for the chip over the Rutgers goalkeeper for the game-winner. Sabatura's 26 helpers put her in a tie for third all-time in assists at Villanova and she is just three shy of being the all-time leader in the same category.
Sophomore Stephanie Myers (Frisco, Texas) notched the first goal of the day off a Hayley Wilson (Leonardstown, Md.) assist to give the Wildcats the early 1-0 lead, knocking the ball into the left side of the net off a corner kick at the 26:35 mark.
Despite trailing 6-5 in shots and 3-2 in corners to Rutgers in the first half, the Wildcats made the most of their opportunities while a steady defense kept the Scarlet Knights out of harm's way.
Rutgers came out fighting in the second half and dominated the pace of play for much of the stanza. The Scarlet Knights caught what would be their game-tying goal when they earned a penalty shot for a Villanova foul in the box with 19:56 on the clock. Jonelle Filigno put home the equalizer with just under 20 minutes to play, while the Scarlet Knights would go on to dominate the Wildcats 14-1 in shots and 7-0 in corners for the half.
Without a tiebreaker in regulation, the Wildcats entered their fourth overtime contest of the season but took home their first extra time win of the year.
Defensively, Villanova's Kelsey Quinn (Mt. Airy, Md.) made five stops in the victory while Rutgers Emmy Simpkins collected four saves in the defeat.
The Wildcats will be back in action this Sunday when they take on Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at Owen T. Carroll Field.