Sept. 17, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – On Wednesday night, the Seton Hall women’s soccer team will put its unbeaten home record on the line when the Pirates welcome Marist to South Orange and Owen T. Carroll Field for a 7:00 p.m. showdown.
SHU has posted a win and two ties in three home appearances thus far in 2013 and will look to take another step towards matching last year’s season-opening streak of five-consecutive home games without a loss against the Red Foxes.
Last Friday, The Hall earned a draw against visiting Princeton as goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.) came up with six saves to preserve the clean sheet. Against Delaware last time out, senior Marie Klemme (Berlin, Germany) grabbed her first goal of the season with a textbook free kick that tucked into the upper left corner but the Blue Hens snatched a victory late in the proceedings behind an 88th minute strike.
Four of the Pirates’ five defeats this season have been by the slightest of margins and on three of those occasions; the winner came with less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation.
Seton Hall has also seen two matches go into overtime through the first half of the season – both at home – tying Stony Brook, 2-2, in the opener in addition to the recent draw with the Tigers. The Pirates have thrived in extra time since the start of the 2011 campaign and are undefeated (4-0-2) in the six overtime games during that stretch.
Pettigrew has been superb between the posts for the Pirates throughout non-conference play and will enter Wednesday night as the BIG EAST leader in saves with 42. The shutout of Princeton was the eighth of her career, vaulting her into sole possession of fourth on the school’s all-time list. The move was just one of several landmark performances she has put together in her final season and was a fitting encore to her career-best 15-save effort at #5/#4 Virginia during which she became the fourth Pirate to reach the 200-career save mark.
In recognition of her run of form, she was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time in three weeks on Monday. She has not surrendered a goal while protecting her home net since the 13th
minute against SBU (297 minutes) and will carry a 0.58 goals against average at Owen T. Carroll Field into tomorrow’s game after allowing only two scores in 310 minutes over the team’s three home outings to this point.
Pettigrew is not the only Pirate to reach career milestones so far this season as seniors Ashley Clarke (Paramus, N.J.) and Katie Ritter (Hagerstown, Md.) have continued their own ascensions on a number of all-time lists.
With assists on three of the Pirates’ seven goals this season, Clarke has increased her career total to 15, the second-most in school history. Her five points are the second-highest total on the squad through eight games – four of those points have come at home - and she now has 36 points as a Pirate, the sixth-highest total all-time. She also ranks seventh in program history in shot attempts (110) after producing a game-high four shots at Delaware on Sunday.
Ritter has tallied three of the Seton Hall scores and assisted on another, making her the team’s leading scorer with seven points to her credit. Her last goal gave her 19 for her career, the third-most ever scored by a Pirate. She also currently sits in a tie for third on the all-time points list with 42 and is just ahead of her classmate Clarke on the school’s shot attempts rankings having launched 113 in her time in blue & white.
The Pirates and Marist will square off for the first time since meeting in consecutive seasons in 2007 and 2008. SHU came away victorious from both contests; blanking Marist, 2-0, on the road in the latest installment of the series.
Wednesday night’s game will serve as the squad’s final tune-up for BIG EAST play as conference competition will kickoff for Seton Hall next Thursday, September 26 when they host a familiar foe in fellow founding member Providence.
Tomorrow night’s start-time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Join us at Owen T. Carroll Field for “Youth Soccer Night” as there will be a free pair of Seton Hall sunglasses for all youth soccer players in attendance and postgame autograph sessions.
If you are a Seton Hall student, be sure to swing b, cheer on the Pirates and check in on your S.H.I.P.S. app to increase your chances at winning Seton Hall-themed prizes.
If you can’t make it to the game, be sure to follow @SetonHallsoccer on Twitter and listen live on www.WSOU.net.