SLU falls to top-seeded Rutgers in round two of NCAA championship

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Saint Louis University Billikens Women’s Soccer Team lost its second-round NCAA Championship matchup to top-seeded and No. 5 ranked Rutgers Friday afternoon.

The Billiken’s difficult night began just under four minutes into the game when Rutgers senior Frankie Tagliaferri and freshman Riley Tiernan connected with senior forward Amirah Ali for the goal. Despite picking up momentum late in the first half, SLU managed just 3 first-half shots (0 on goal) in comparison to Rutgers’ 14 total shots.

The second half began much like the first, as Tiernan connected with a beautifully driven left-footed shot from just outside the box to double the Scarlet-Knight lead. Once again, SLU managed to increase pressure in the Rutgers half, but the Billikens failed to deal any damage.

Despite the four-goal loss, Billikens keeper Emily Puricelli managed a historic night, finishing with a career-high 14 saves.

The loss marks the end of a historic season for the Billikens. Saint Louis University became the first women’s program in Atlantic 10 history to win four consecutive conference tournament titles. The team also competed in its 23rd match of the season, tying program highs set in 2018 and 2019.

The Saint Louis University Billikens Women’s Soccer team finishes the 2021 season with a total record of 13-9-1.

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