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For the second weekend in a row, the Rutgers men’s soccer team will face a top-flight Big Ten opponent after crushing a non-conference foe.The Scarlet Knights (5-4-1, 1-3-0) travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan this Saturday after blowing past Yale midweek.Michigan and Rutgers have been having extremely different seasons thus far.The Wolverines (5-3-2, 2-0-2) currently lead the Big Ten Conference with eight points in four games.
Another week brings another conference battle for the Rutgers women’s soccer team.The No. 23 Scarlet Knights (9-2-1, 2-2-1) take on Indiana at home on Thursday night, which gives them another chance to pick up a Big Ten win at Yurcak Field.
Sophomore goalkeeper Casey Murphy recorded a career-high eight saves in the game last year on the road at Indiana.
Senior defender Brianne Reed, named the No. 24 player in TopdrawerSoccer.com’s Top 100 national rankings, has started all 12 of the matches this year at center back to help to hold down the Knights back end.
When facing non-conference opposition, many Power Five conference teams underestimate their opponents, leading to surprising upsets that shock the nation.While it did seem to underestimate its visitors at times Tuesday night, the Rutgers men’s soccer team did not let itself get upset.A hat-trick from sophomore forward Jason Wright and two goals from senior forward JP Correa propelled the Scarlet Knights (5-4-1, 1-3-0) to a 5-2 win over Yale (1-8, 0-1) to improve to 4-1-1 against non-conference opponents this season.While satisfied with the win, head coach Dan Donigan showed frustration in the complacency his team showed throughout the match.
Hayley Katkowski is a prime example of the durability and versatility Rutgers presents. The senior midfielder plays all over the field and was one of three Knights to log all 110 minutes of Sunday’s match.
Head coach Mike O’Neill has constantly referred to his team’s mantra of “30 Strong” as a way to describe the Knights’ depth.
Failing to earn a result despite outplaying the opposition, senior center-back and captain Mitch Lurie implores his teammates to keep on keeping on.
Junior midfielder Erik Sa and the Knights believe that if they continue to play the attractive brand of soccer they’ve been playing throughout the season, success will arrive on the Banks soon enough.
The collegiate soccer season is a grind for student-athletes between all the time spent in practice and in the classroom.The Rutgers women’s soccer team is well-acquainted with the strenuous nature of its season, having already played three Big Ten games on the road and following it up with a pair of home contests at Yurcak Field this past weekend.The No.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team may feel a sense of déjà vu in the near future.For the second week in a row, the Scarlet Knights (4-4-1, 1-3-1) host a struggling non-conference opponent in the middle of the week after suffering a Big Ten Conference loss over the weekend. The Knights host Ivy League bottom feeder Yale on Tuesday night after suffering a 2-0 loss to conference rival Penn State (5-2-3, 2-1-1) in rather abnormal conditions on Saturday.With a little over four minutes remaining until the start of the second half between Rutgers and the Nittany Lions, a power outage that affected all of Busch campus, where Yurcak Field is located, caused the field to go black as the lights turned off.
PISCATAWAY — The No. 25 Rutgers women’s soccer team entered this weekend knowing how pivotal a pair of conference home games were for the outlook of its season and the Scarlet Knights (9-2-1, 2-2-1) were able to pick up four points after recording a win and a draw.After defeating Michigan State (6-2-3, 2-1-1) 1-0 Friday night, the Knights returned to the field on a cloudy Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field and tied against Michigan, 1-1.It was an important draw for Rutgers, especially after the Knights got off to a slow start and looked in danger of dropping the contest.“I’m happy with the weekend,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
When the halftime whistle blew Saturday night at Yurcak Field, the Rutgers men’s soccer team headed into the locker room to discuss a plan to overcome the 1-0 deficit it faced against Big Ten Conference rival Penn State.The Scarlet Knights (4-4-1, 1-3-0) had to wait longer than expected to execute their game plan.A power outage lasting one hour and 48 minutes on Busch campus, where Yurcak Field is located, caused the halftime intermission in the match between the Knights and the Nittany Lions (5-2-3, 2-1-1) to last an unprecedented two hours and 40 minutes.“That’s never happened to me before,” said head coach Dan Donigan.
The addition of Rutgers to the Big Ten Conference provided numerous benefits to the State University of New Jersey.
The No. 25 Rutgers women’s soccer team looks to avenge a pair of conference losses last weekend with a pair of conference wins at home this weekend.The Scarlet Knights (8-2, 1-2) return home to Yurcak Field to take on Michigan State (6-1-3, 2-0-1) on Friday night and then Michigan (7-4, 1-2) on Sunday afternoon.These are sure to be another tough couple of matches for Rutgers, which is hoping to put the disappointment from a couple behind it quickly as they prepare for more Big Ten competition.“The most important thing for us is to not dwell on losses and keep focusing on us and what we have to do to get better,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
Facing top level competition in one of the best conferences in collegiate soccer can be an exhuasting experience for a team, both physically and mentally.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team will host Loyola on Tuesday night, hoping to get back into the win column.
Sometimes teams find themselves in holes that they can't dig themselves out of.The Rutgers men’s soccer team found itself in that situation last Friday night.
The No. 11 Rutgers women’s soccer team saw their winning and shutout streaks come to an end against Illinois on Thursday night as they fell 2-1 in a tough road contest.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team seeks to continue its recent form when they host Big Ten foe Michigan State tonight at Yurcak Field.