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August 21, 2012
Conference teams off to hot start

The 2012 season got under way last weekend as Big East teams posted a 16-6-2 mark (.708 win percentage). A vast majority of the teams posted a win (14 of the 15) and were impressive at home going 10-2-0 (.833 win percentage).

THE BIG (EAST) PICTURE – A pair of high-profile matches were postponed due to weather as UConn-UCLA was stopped in the 58th minute and Marquette-Florida State was halted in the 49th minute. Both matchups were against ranked opponents, UCLA is No. 6/5, while FSU is No. 4/6. The Huskies held a 3-2 advantage with 32:55 left in the game, while Marquette trailed 3-0 before the match was called with 41:34 remaining in the second half, following the third lightning delay of the afternoon.

CARDS FLYING HIGH – The Cardinals opened the 2012 season with a 2-0 win at Butler on Aug. 17. Louisville won its eighth straight season-opener dating back to the 2003 season while also winning their seventh straight overall against Butler. Senior goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer turned away three Butler (0-1) shots for her 11th career shutout.

(UN)LUCKY IRISH – Notre Dame (0-1- 0) suffered its first opening-night loss since 1999 on Aug. 17. Wisconsin broke through in the 84th minute for the deciding 1-0 score (83:41). Notre Dame moved to 21-3-1 in season openers.

OFF AND RUNNING – First-year Pitt head coach Greg Miller notched his first coaching win following a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Eastern Michigan on Aug. 17. Junior Morgan Sharick netted her first collegiate goal in the 69th minute, as Pitt opened its 17th women’s soccer season.

300 AND COUNTING – Rutgers opened its 29th season of competition with its 300th win in program history on Aug. 17 following a 3-0 win at Monmouth. The Scarlet Knights also knocked off Ohio State 1-0 in double overtime at home on Aug. 19. Rutgers is 301- 206-55 all-time. RU has played 191 minutes of shutout soccer, the most since Oct. 7-9, 2011. RU last started the year with two shutouts in 2009 (UMBC and Fordham). When going into overtime since 2008, Rutgers owns an 8-3-10 record.

WEATHERING THE STORM – St. John’s took almost four hours to get its first win of the season following weather delays, but secured a 2-0 victory over George Mason on Aug. 17. The season-opener under the lights was delayed twice due to thunder and lightning storms in the area. Interestingly, last year’s game in Fairfax was played under similar circumstances (St. John’s won 2-1). The Red Storm also saw the start of Sunday’s game at Penn State delayed 30 minutes due to weather.

BRUSHED AWAY – Syracuse came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Colgate 3-2 in overtime on Aug. 19. It marked the first time the Orange have won their season opener since 2008. Senior Alyscha Mottershead recorded three points against Colgate on a goal and an assist. It was her highest single-game point total as a member of the Orange.

WILDCATS CLAMP DOWN – After recording only one shutout in 19 games during the 2011 season Villanova has already surpassed that number with two shutouts in its first two games of the 2012 campaign. The Wildcats defeated American, 2-0 in the season opener on Aug. 17, then played to a 0-0 draw against No. 13/19 Maryland on Aug. 19. Senior forward Heidi Sabatura moved into a tie for seventh place in school history in assists with two in the 2-0 win over American. She has 22 career assists and is six shy of tying the school record. The 0-0 tie against Maryland marked the first time that the Wildcats tallied a win or a tie against a team ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation since a 1-0 win at No. 9 West Virginia on September 24, 2004. Villanova is unbeaten in its last 12 season openers (11-0-1) dating back to the start of the 2001 season and the team improved its record to 23-4-4 (.806) all-time in the month of August.

Offensive Player of the Week
Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers, R-Jr., F
After helping Canada secure a bronze medal at the Olympic Games earlier in the month, Filigno roared into the collegiate season with three goals, including two gamewinners, in a 2-0-0 opening weekend for Rutgers. She scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Monmouth on Aug. 17, including a PK conversion. The redshirt-junior also scored the only goal of the match in a 1-0 double overtime victory against rv/- Ohio State on Aug. 19.

Defensive Player of the Week
Ally Miller, Marquette, Sr., D
Miller was tabbed Big East Defensive Player of the Week following her efforts in a 4-0 win over St. Bonaventure on Aug. 17. The senior anchored a defensive unit that allowed two shots, including just one shot on goal. Miller also assisted on the first goal of the match and played 79 minutes. She was the league’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Goalkeeper of the Week
Kelsey Quinn, Villanova, Sr., GK
Quinn earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Week honors after totaling a pair of shutouts over 200 minutes in a 1-0-1 week. She also tallied seven saves. In a 2-0 win over American on Aug. 17, she recorded the shutout with one save. In a 0-0 double overtime draw against No. 13/19 Maryland, the senior made six saves. It was the first time the Wildcats have come away with a win or a tie against a team ranked that high in the polls since 2004.

Rookie of the Week
Laura Rose, Cincinnati, Fr., F
Rose was cited as the Big East Rookie of the Week after amassing six points in a 1-0-1 week for the Bearcats. The freshman scored her first collegiate goal in the 12th minute against Elon on Aug. 17, the Bearcats’ only score in a 1-1 draw. Rose also scored twice in a 3-1 victory at N.C. State on Aug. 19.

Daphne Corboz, Georgetown, So., M
Scored a goal and had two assists totaling four points in a 2-0-0 weekend; had three points in a 2-0 victory at Delaware on Aug. 19.

Laura DiClemente, Providence, R-Sr., F
Netted a pair of goals in a 3-1 victory over Army on Aug. 19; she totaled 116 minutes of playing time in two games.

Alexis Koval, Syracuse, R-Fr., F/M
Sparked a comeback against Colgate on Aug. 19 after trailing 2-0, Koval scored twice to tie it. The Orange went on to win 3-2 in OT.
Heidi Sabatura, Villanova, Sr., F
Had a pair of assists in the opener against American which Villanova won 2-0 on Aug. 17; Sabatura also helped VU tie No. 13/19 Maryland 0-0 in double overtime on Aug. 19.

Shannon Woeller, Rutgers, R-Sr., B
Led the team to a pair of shutouts, a 3-0 victory over Monmouth on Aug. 17 and a 1-0 double overtime victory over rv/- Ohio State on Aug. 19. Woeller also scored a goal against Monmouth.

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