Princeton, Delaware On Tap for Women's Soccer This Weekend

Senior Katie Ritter leads the Pirates with seven points in 2013

Senior Katie Ritter leads the Pirates with seven points in 2013

Sept. 11, 2013

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Coming off two difficult early season tests at last weekend’s Virginia Nike Soccer Classic, the Seton Hall women’s soccer team will return to action with matchups against in-state rival Princeton and the University of Delaware Blue Hens.

Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.) delivered the standout performance of the two matches in Charlottesville; holding hosts Virginia - currently the second-ranked team in the nation – to their lowest scoring output of the year by making 15 saves, setting a new career-high as well as a new tournament record in the process.

She now sits atop the conference with 31 saves on the year.

Senior midfielder Ashley Clarke (Paramus, N.J.) and freshman defender Cathy Chukuka (Marlboro, N.J.) were named to the All-Tournament team for their contributions against William & Mary and the Cavaliers.

The next two games feature a pair of opponents that Seton Hall defeated in overtime in the last meeting in the series. When Princeton visited SHU in 2011, then-sophomores Amie Ruhe (Monrovia, Md.) and Katie Ritter (Hagerstown, Md.) combined to produce the game-winning goal with just over 90 seconds remaining in the second extra period to give their squad a 2-1 victory.

Last season, it was Clarke who found the back of the net in the first overtime period against UD to send SHU off a 2-1 winner once again.

The Pirates currently stand at 1-4-1 through six matches but the team will return home after three straight matches away from Owen T. Carroll Field when they host the Tigers on Thursday night. The Hall is unbeaten in its only two home outings on the year having defeated Army, 2-0, when they last played in South Orange.

Part of the team’s success at home may be attributed to the fact that the Pirates are far and away the BIG EAST leaders in average home attendance, attracting nearly 1,000 fans per contest – a figure that exceeds the conference-wide average by almost 600.

Be sure to get to Owen T. Carroll Field for tomorrow’s 7:00 p.m. kickoff to cheer on the Pirates. For SHU students; don’t forget to check in your S.H.I.P.S. (Seton Hall Interactive Points System) application to increase your chance of winning some terrific Seton Hall prizes.

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