Nine different Scarlet Knights produced at least a point on Monday in a dominant 7-0 victory for Rutgers over FDU at Yurcak Field. Allison Lowrey led the way with the program’s first hat trick in four seasons.
Georgetown transfer Gia Vicari scored her first goal in a Rutgers uniform just three minutes into the game. She led the Hoyas in scoring the past three seasons in which she made First Team All-Big East each year. Getting her going in the offensive attack is key for RU this season. Her goal was assisted on by Riley Tiernan after a well placed through ball.
Two minutes later, Rutgers went up 2-0 with Lowrey’s first score coming inside the box that was assisted on by Vicari and Allie Post.
Tiernan scored in the 9th minute off a mistake from the FDU keeper to make it 3-0 for RU.
Last season’s points leader, Sam Kroeger, made her season debut after missing the first three games while recovering from an injury. She assisted off a beautiful strike from Ashley Beran to give Rutgers a 4-0 lead at the 44th minute mark.
In the second half, Lowrey scored back to back goals three minutes apart. In the 57th minute, Vicari and Tiernan, who delivered a perfect cross to Lowery, assisted on the score. Following a pass from Kroeger, Emma Misal sent in a lofting ball in the 60th minute that Lowrey headed home to complete the hat trick. She now has five goals on the season through four games.
We’ve had some games recently where we haven’t been happy with our performance,” Lowrey said. “We had some long talks about playing with more heart, got it together, and pushed forward. It was a total team effort tonight and we got the result we wanted.”
Late in the game, Gia Girman scored off the first assist for freshman Olivia Russomanno.
Rutgers dominated the action with a 20-4 shot advantage including a 12-1 edge in shots on goal.
Tiernan and Vicari both finished with four points with a goal and two assists. Tiernan is now tied with Christa Aluotto (1989-92) for sixth place all-time with 21 career assists.
Kroeger had two assists in her season debut. Goalkeepers Olivia Bodmer and Grace Walter combined for the shutout.
Rutgers (2-1-1) will travel to in-state rival Princeton (2-0-0) on Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. The matchup will air live on ESPN+.
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