WSOC Heads to Virginia Nike Soccer Classic

Freshman Cathy Chukuka has played all but nine of a possible 380 minutes in her first four collegiate matches

Freshman Cathy Chukuka has played all but nine of a possible 380 minutes in her first four collegiate matches

Sep 5, 2013

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The Seton Hall women’s soccer team travels to Charlottesville, Va. this weekend to take part in the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic where they will square off with William & Mary tomorrow, Friday, September 6 before wrapping up the trip with a date against the host #5/#4 Virginia Cavaliers two days later.

The Pirates are coming off a Labor Day weekend stretch in which they posted a 1-1 record; shutting out Army, 2-0, at home (8.30) before falling to Monmouth on the road, 3-2, on Monday.

Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.) landed a spot on the most recent BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after making four saves against the Black Knights to earn the seventh shutout of her career. She has started all four matches in net, making 15 saves.

SHU’s offense has been powered by three of the team’s senior leaders early in the season as Ashley Clarke (Paramus, N.J.), Meghan Hayes (Fredon, N.J.) and Katie Ritter (Hagerstown, Md.) have combined to accumulate 16 of the Pirates’ 19 points through four outings.

The Hall’s leading scorer a year ago, Clarke has scored or assisted on four of the six goals the squad has scored so far in 2013. By providing the final ball that led to a first half goal against Monmouth, she moved into sole possession of second place on the school’s all-time assists list. She also increased her career point total to 31, matching the ninth-highest total in program history.

Hayes enters the weekend having registered four points in her last two matches, nearly doubling her previous career total of five entering the stretch. Hayes got a touch on a Clarke cross and sent it into the roof of the net to provide the winner against Army and assisted on Frankie Maier’s (Oradell, N.J.) first career goal later in the day. Against Monmouth, she helped Ritter find a second half equalizer to set a new personal mark for points in a season just four matches into the new year.

After scoring both SHU goals against the Hawks, Ritter now boasts the third-most career goals (19) and is tied for the third-most points (42) in school history. She currently sits as the Pirates’ leading scorer with seven points on the season behind the strength of three goals and an assist. Ritter has already matched her goal output from all of 2012 and is just one goal shy of joining Courtney Wood (’95-’98) and Kelly Smith (’97-’99) as the only Pirates to reach the 20-goal mark.

This weekend, SHU will be looking to score its first-ever win over the Tribe in the third all-time meeting. Seton Hall and Virginia have split an pair of previous matchups in Charlottesville with the Pirates coming away with a 1-0 win over #15 UVa. in 2006.

Both matches will be afternoon affairs with kickoff against William & Mary scheduled for 4:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon and start-time set for 2:30 p.m. against Virginia on Sunday, September 8.

Fans can follow both contests on SHUPirates.com, receive in-game updates from @SetonHallsoccer on Twitter or listen live on WSOU 89.5 FM.