Mount Women’s Soccer Set for Matchups at 16th-Ranked Rutgers and Temple

Mount Women’s Soccer Set for Matchups at 16th-Ranked Rutgers and Temple

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-1) at NO. 16 RUTGERS (3-0)
Thursday, August 31 | 7 p.m.
New Brunswick, N.J. | Yurcak Field

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-1) at TEMPLE (1-3)
Sunday, September 3 | 3:30 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pa. | Temple Sports Complex

The Mount earned a pair of 4-1 victories over Howard and Hampton this past weekend to improve to 3-1 on the year, marking the team's best-ever start to a season through four games in program history.

On Friday at Howard, Jenna West registered a career-best five points (2g, 1a), while Sarah Kajdasz and Jaylyn Chandler netted the other goals in the game. In the win on Sunday against Hampton, West added two more tallies, and Marcella Fegler and Kayla Hughes registered one goal apiece. Maggie Barron posted a season-high seven saves in net to earn her third win of the year.

After leading the Mountaineers to a pair of wins over the weekend, West and Jasmine McCree were each named Northeast Conference women's soccer weekly award winners. West was tabbed the NEC Player of the Week, while McCree was named Rookie of the Week.

West registered nine points (4g, 1a) combined in the pair of wins over Howard and Hampton. The midfielder tallied the game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winner on Friday, before following up with what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 67th minute on Sunday at Hampton. West currently leads the Mount with four goals and 10 points on the year.

McCree combined for three assists in the pair of games over the weekend. The rookie tallied the first point of her career at Howard with a helper on West's 80th minute goal. On Sunday, McCree added two more assists at Hampton, and now leads the squad with three on the year.

Goals: Jenna West (4), Kayla Hughes (2), Five players tied (1)
Assists: Jasmine McCree (3), Hannah Logue (2), West (2)
Points: West (10), Hughes (4), Sarah Harmon (3), McCree (3)
Shots: West (10), Hughes (9), McCree (7)
Save pct: Maggie Barron (.769), Charlotte Elrod (.750)

The Scarlet Knights own the No. 16 ranking in the nation following wins over Loyola Marymount (3-0), Monmouth (4-0) and No. 21 UConn (2-0) to open the season. Colby Ciarrocca is the team's top-scorer with five points on two goals and one assist, while Amirah Ali and Carina Hendley have also registered two goals apiece. Casey Murphy has made nine saves combined in three shutout efforts in goal for the Scarlet Knights.

The Mount and Rutgers are set to meet for the first time in series history.

Temple owns a 1-3 record through the opening four games with its lone win coming against NEC opponent Fairleigh Dickinson (3-2 OT). The Owls' three losses have come at the hands of La Salle (2-0), Saint Joseph's (2-0) and Lehigh (2-1). Temple hosts Rider in a matchup on Thursday before welcoming in the Mount on Sunday. Kerri McGinley leads the squad with a pair of goals on the year. Goalie Jordan Nash has started all four games, posting a .724 save percentage and 1.90 goals against average.

The Mount earned its first-ever win against Temple last season, downing the Owls by a 2-0 final to move to 1-4 in the all-time series. Chloe Cain and Jaylyn Chandler tallied a goal apiece for the Mount in the victory.

The Mount heads to Temple for a matchup on Sunday, September 3 at 3 p.m.