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When all was said and done in the 2014 season, the Rutgers men’s soccer team finished its inaugural season in the nine team Big Ten Conference in eighth place with a pitiful four points, its only win coming against a winless Wisconsin that finished in dead last.Taking the Scarlet Knights’ less than stellar season into consideration, the preseason Big Ten coaches poll predicted another eighth place finish for Dan Donigan’s troops as they adapted to one of the premier conferences in college soccer.But the sixth-year head coach isn’t one to take preseason polls into consideration.“I don’t even know why we do those preseason polls to be honest, because nobody really knows how good or how average any particular team is going to be,” Donigan said.
Over the course of a season, teams hope to see progression from younger players that shows all the hard work and training pay off.It can take a while for younger college athletes to truly come into their own, as they deal with experiences such as living away from home on top of getting comfortable with new coaches and teammates.For the No. 12 Rutgers women’s soccer team, the growth of some key newcomers has been pivotal in winning matches down the stretch of the season.The Scarlet Knights (12-2-2, 5-2-2) are coming off their biggest win of the year against then-No. 9 Penn State, with sophomore forward Colby Ciarrocca scoring the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory.She also scored a late goal to seal the team's 2-0 victory over Ohio State last week.Ciarrocca leads the team with six goals and her emergence as an offensive force has been crucial to the Knights’ success.“Colby has the great ability to score goals at the times when we need them,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
Just under 20 minutes into the Rutgers men’s soccer team’s matchup with Army, junior goalkeeper David Greczek collected a weak shot from the Black Knights and spotted a sight he was all too familiar with — sophomore forward Jason Wright calling for the ball downfield.Greczek punted the ball in Wright’s direction.
The structure of any team or organization tends to put great responsibilities on the veterans who have been there the longest.With new classes of athletes coming in each year in college sports, it is crucial to have leaders who can help usher in the new wave of teammates and show them the way on and off the field.This is precisely what the senior class of the Rutgers women’s soccer team has been able to do this season.The No. 12 Scarlet Knights (12-2-2, 5-2-2) are in the midst of another successful season under head coach Mike O’Neill, coming off a 1-0 Senior Day win over No. 9 Penn State.O'Neill is proud of the depth his team is able to display in each match, but knows it all starts with his senior leaders.“When I think of this senior class, I think of character, talent, accountability and family.
Rinse and repeat.After moving into a tie atop the Big Ten standings as a result of its exhilarating 4-2 win over Northwestern Friday night, the Rutgers men’s soccer team will take yet another break from conference play for a midweek matchup with a non-conference foe.The Scarlet Knights (8-4-1, 3-3-0) will play their fourth Tuesday night non-conference game in as many weeks tonight as they travel to West Point to face Army.Owning a four-game winning streak and leading a Power Five conference has the spirits in the Knights camp high but they won’t allow themselves to underestimate their next opponent.“I expect the same result as we’ve gotten the last four games.
PISCATAWAY — One year after the Rutgers women's soccer team announced its entrance to the Big Ten with an upset of then-No.
Just as stats don’t tell the whole story, results aren’t completely indicative of a team’s performance.Despite earning a win in each of its last three matches — the longest winning streak of the season — the Rutgers men’s soccer team has not played up to par on the pitch as of late.In their latest outing, the Scarlet Knights (7-4-1, 2-3-0) struggled against a Penn team that failed to score in 6 of 10 contests this season.
The No. 25 Rutgers women’s soccer team kicks off its final home stand of the season on Thursday night.That all starts with a 7 p.m.
If Rutgers continues to play the way it has been lately, senior defender Brianne Reed believes her team will be in good shape.
If scoring goals is wrong, Jason doesn’t want to be Wright.Sophomore forward Jason Wright continued his phenomenal form Tuesday night in Philadelphia when he sealed the Rutgers men’s soccer team’s 2-0 win against Penn with a goal a minute before the final whistle blew.The Kingston, Jamaica, native received the ball in acres of space and ran towards the Quakers goal, rounded Penn substitute goalkeeper Etan Mobourahk and slid the ball into the empty net for his seventh goal in his past five matches.The goal was a cherry on top of a big day for Wright.
Soccer can be a frustrating game.Over the course of a 90-minute match, there are moments where a team can be dominating the pace of play, making key passes and creating prime scoring opportunities.But things can get tense when those chances are not converted into goals.The No.
When a chance to do something new presents itself, it must be taken advantage of.The Rutgers men’s soccer team looks to take advantage of an opportunity to extend its current winning streak to three games for the first time this season when they travel to the City of Brotherly Love to face Penn Tuesday afternoon.The Scarlet Knights’ (6-4-1, 2-3-0) current winning streak began last week in another midweek matchup with an Ivy League program. The Knights defeated Yale 5-2 at Yurcak Field, conceding both goals when they had a three-goal cushion to work with.The Bulldogs presented little danger in turning the result around, but the relaxed way in which Rutgers defended with a big lead raised some red flags for the coaching staff and they let the players on the field know.Aware that letting up for even a second on the pitch is unacceptable, the Knights aspire to improve the way they approach the game mentally.“I think that’s really hard to do when you go up by more than a few goals,” said senior midfielder Mitchell Taintor on remaining completely focused with a large lead.
The No. 23 Rutgers women’s soccer team traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana, to take on Purdue for a brief one-game road trip and played to a 0-0 draw.The Scarlet Knights (10-2-2, 3-2-2) went to overtime for the third time this season, and finished with a draw for the second time in overtime contests.The win over Indiana and the draw against Purdue gives Rutgers four points over their last two conference matchups.Just like in their victory over Indiana last Thursday, the Knights controlled the tempo of the game and outshot their opponent by a wide margin.They outshot the Boilermakers (7-5-1, 2-3-1) by a mark of 22-7, making it consecutive games with at least 20 shots for the Knights.This is a welcoming sign for their offense, but they were unable to capitalize their chances into goals like they did against Indiana.“I was so proud of the effort the team gave today,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
Home-field advantage is immeasurable. Playing on a familiar field in front of cheering fans provides teams with an extra boost of energy to push through difficult stretches of games.The Rutgers men’s soccer team doesn’t appear to believe in home-field advantage.The Scarlet Knights (6-4-1, 2-3-0) improved to 2-0 against conference opponents on the road after handing Big Ten leader Michigan its first conference loss of the season in extra time Saturday morning in Ann Arbor.Sophomore forward Jason Wright scored the only goal of the contest against the Wolverines (5-3-3, 2-1-2) three minutes into extra-time to bring the Knights within two points of the conference lead.
PISCATAWAY — The No. 23 Rutgers women’s soccer team finished off a three-game home stand with a 2-0 victory over Indiana on Thursday night at Yurcak Field.The Scarlet Knights (10-2-1, 3-2-1) were able to push the pace and control the tempo from the outset of the game.Despite the Hoosiers (3-6-5, 2-3-1) sending an extra midfielder up the field to try to intercept the ball from the Knights, they were unsuccessful and Rutgers was able to have its way with the ball.The Knights struck first in the 21st minute when senior defender Maggie Morash sent a pass to charging senior midfielder Samantha Valliant, who headed the ball into the net to give Rutgers a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore forward Jason Wright looks to keep up the form he’s been in as of late. He has scored five goals in his past three outings.
Junior goalkeeper David Greczek and his back four have been anything but impermeable thus far this season. Through 10 contests in the 2015 campaign, the Knights have only kept two clean sheets — in a 0-0 draw to Monmouth and an 8-0 win against Loyola (Md.) last week.