The Central Connecticut women's soccer team dropped its season opener 2-1 in overtime against Rutgers on Thursday night in Piscataway, N.J. Sophomore Roma McLaughlin scored off a pass from freshman Sydnie Dorman (11:05) to give Central an early 1-0 lead. Late in the second half, the Scarlet Knights evened the score with a goal off a penalty kick (69:41) sending the game to extra minutes. Amirah Ali scored the winning goal for Rutgers in overtime to take the win.
Score: Rutgers 2, Central Connecticut 1 (OT)
Records: Central Connecticut (0-1) Rutgers (1-0)
Location: Yurcak Field - Piscataway, N.J.
- On Central's first shot of the game, sophomore Roma McLaughlin put the Blue Devils on the board 1-0 off a pass by rookie Sydnie Dorman (11:05).
- Amirah Ali scored for Rutgers off a penalty kick tying the game 1-1 (69:41).
- At 95:37 in overtime, Ali scored the winning goal for the Scarlet Knights.
"I'm very proud of how we played tonight against an excellent Rutgers team. To concede the equalizer on a penalty kick was tough, but we responded well and still created some chances to win the game in the last 20 minutes and overtime. It probably says something that we are absolutely gutted to lose in overtime to the team ranked 20th in the country."
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9 - In her debut with Central, sophomore Amanda McQuillan had 9 saves off 11 shots on goal for the Blue Devils.
- This is the first ever match-up between the Blue Devils and Scarlet Knights.
- Central looks to win back-to-back Northeast Conference championships and its 10th in program history this season.
- Last season, the team posted 11 shutouts while finishing the year 16-2-2.
- CCSU went a perfect 8-0 against NEC opponents in last season.
- Sophomore Roma McLaughlin was the 2018 NEC Freshman of the Year and senior Shauny Alterisio was the 2018 Defensive Player of the Year.
- Head Coach Mick D'Arcy begins his 20th season at CCSU and is the winningest coach in school history (191-150-35).
The Central Connecticut women's soccer team will host Maine for its home opener on Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in New Britain, CT.