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In a match where the Rutgers women’s soccer team entered the field hoping to earn a home Big Ten postseason game through a victory, the Scarlet Knights lost to Wisconsin by a score of 2-1 to conclude the regular season with a record of 9-3-6 overall and 4-2-5 in conference action. Meanwhile, the Badgers improve to 8-4-7 overall with the win and now own a Big Ten record of 5-2-4.They didn’t know it during the game, but the Knights wouldn’t have even locked up fourth place, which is the lowest seed that hosts a Big Ten tournament game, with a victory.Rutgers needed to defeat Wisconsin and have Michigan draw or lose to Indiana, but the Wolverines vanquished the Hoosiers by a score of 3-2.After the loss to Wisconsin, the Knights slide back into the seventh position in the conference standings, while the Badgers move up to fifth.Playing soccer in Madison is a difficult challenge for any team, but Rutgers seemed capable of defying the odds for at least the first half.Senior forward Erica Murphy put the Knights in the lead with her third goal of the season in the first half, putting her points total at 7 for the 2016 campaign.Those numbers are especially impressive for a substitute, but not quite as riveting as her score Wednesday night.In the 40th minute, there was a flurry of Wisconsin attempted clearances and Rutgers tries at goal until the chaos cleared at the foot of senior captain Madison Tiernan.
It all boils down to this for the Rutgers women’s soccer team, as it faces Wisconsin in Madison on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
After playing five of its last six games on the road the Rutgers women’s soccer team is feeling like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, dreaming of coming home.
A tired team is a struggling team. Over the last seven games the Rutgers women’s soccer team has certainly expended a lot of energy, playing six matches into overtime. The Scarlet Knights are 2-1-4 in those last seven contests, bringing their overall record to 9-2-5 on the season including four wins, one loss and four draws in Big Ten action. Most recently Rutgers has battled against Penn State last Thursday night and Ohio State Sunday afternoon, drawing both in overtime.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team played Indiana to a 2-2 draw Sunday afternoon at Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.Senior captains Madison Tiernan and Tori Prager scored early to put the Scarlet Knights (9-2-3) ahead, 2-0, but the Hoosiers (5-7-3) battled back.
In the 2016 edition of its annual Breast Cancer Awareness “Pink” game, the Rutgers women’s soccer team came through in the clutch, winning the match against Purdue by a score of 2-1 in overtime.
Bear Bryant, a Hall of Fame football coach for Alabama, once said, “offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.”Trophies and champagne will be flowing to the Rutgers women's soccer team if Bryant’s saying is true.The Scarlet Knights’ (7-1-2, 2-0-1) defense has been nothing short of spectacular this season with seven shutouts in 10 games.Rutgers has not allowed a goal in six consecutive matches, a stretch that includes a streak of more than 200 minutes without conceding a shot on goal.The back line of freshmen Chantelle Swaby and Amanda Visco, sophomore Kenie Wright and senior captain Erin Smith has been able to maintain the level of last season's team despite having little time to build chemistry.After making it all the way to the College Cup — the soccer version of the NCAA Tournament Final Four — last year, the Knights had to rebound quickly after the loss of many seniors that made up the nucleus of the team.Visco and Swaby have stepped in beautifully and have Rutgers right back where it expects to be — competing for a Big Ten championship.“We have high expectations as a unit,” Visco said.
The No. 19 Rutgers women’s soccer team hosted and defeated Big Ten foe Maryland 1-0 in each team’s first conference game at Yurcak Field on Friday night.The Scarlet Knights (6-1-1) and the Terrapins (2-6-1) had split the last two meetings as league opponents going into the match, but after the victory, the Knights are now 3-6-1 all-time against Maryland.
It’s finally time for the Rutgers women’s soccer team’s real tests to begin as the Big Ten schedule starts at home Friday night 7 p.m.
It’s extremely difficult to replace a star player in any sport, and in every case except a few rare instances, the newcomer falters. Time and time again, the expectations are simply too high and the fans start calling for the replacement’s head, reminiscing about the good ole days they had watching their favorite player before this new one ruined the team. There has been no such nostalgia among the Rutgers women’s soccer team faithful, however, as redshirt senior Alana Jimenez has done a commendable job in net as the successor to All-American goal keeper Casey Murphy. Murphy, who would be entering her junior season for Rutgers, was offered to play on the Under-20 U.S.
On the eve of Rutgers’ first home football game, all eyes were on Yurcak Field as the Rutgers women’s soccer team took on Cornell. After a defeat at the hands of Georgetown that broke the Scarlet Knights’ streak of 18 straight home game matches without a loss, it was of paramount importance for the squad to earn a win. Although the final score was 2-0 in Rutgers’ favor, at halftime it didn’t look like it would go that way."We talk so much about confidence and playing with purpose," said head coach Mike O'Neill.
With expectations extremely high coming into this year, the Rutgers women's soccer team got off to a bumpy start as they look to match and exceed the feats of 2015.Currently ranked 23rd in the country in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, Rutgers has amassed three wins, one loss and one draw in the early part of the campaign.
Senior defenders Brianne Reed and Erica Skroski, who led Rutgers to the best goals-against-average in the country (.375) and an undefeated home record (13-0-1) last season, were selected 18th and 23rd, respectively, in the 2016 NWSL Draft.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team had the opportunity to make their dream season even more magical by advancing to the College Cup for the first time in program history, but to be able to leave such an emphatic mark in the history book, it had a tall task in their way.
Any team can set numerous goals at the start of the season, but it takes a special team to then achieve all of them.The 2015 Rutgers women’s soccer team did all of that and more this season.Under the tutelage of second-year head coach Mike O’Neill, the Scarlet Knights finished the 2015 campaign with a 19-4-3 overall record and 7-2-2 mark in the Big Ten.To start the year, they won their first eight games, which set a new school record.They went undefeated on their home field at Yurcak Field, stressing the importance of winning in Piscataway and achieving a 13-0-1 mark in games played on the Banks.The Knights then set the school’s single season record for shutouts with 19, surpassing the 2006 team’s previous record of 16.
It was a long and historic run for the No. 9 Rutgers women’s soccer team this season, with the Scarlet Knights reaching the national semifinals of the Women’s College Cup for the first time in program history.The run ended on Friday evening, however, when they squared off against No. 6 Penn State for the third time this season — this time with a spot in the National Championship Game on the line.Unfortunately for the Knights (19-4-3, 7-2-2), the match played out in similar fashion to their loss against the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten Championship game.
It’s funny how things can sometimes turn out in sports.After already playing against each other twice this season, the No. 9 Rutgers women’s soccer team will meet No. 6 Penn State in the semifinals of the College Cup on Friday in Cary, North Carolina.The Scarlet Knights (19-3-3, 7-2-2) beat the Nittany Lions (20-3-2, 8-2-1) at home at Yurcak Field on October 18th by a score of 1-0.The two teams then met in the Big Ten Championship game at Penn State’s Jeffrey Field, where the Nittany Lions controlled the game and won 2-0.The rubber match holds the highest stakes of the three matchups, as it will determine who gets to play either No. 2 Florida State or No. 20 Duke in the national championship game.“We’re excited for the opportunity to be in the College Cup,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
It’s been a long season for the No. 9 Rutgers women’s soccer team, but the Scarlet Knights wouldn’t want it any other way.While the athletic department and football team are undergoing changes following its season, the Knights (19-3-3, 7-2-2) on the pitch are preparing for their biggest game in team history.They are set to face Big Ten foe Penn State in the College Cup semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, which will serve as a veritable rubber-match after both teams have split the first two games against each other this season.As they get ready to head down to Cary, North Carolina, for the game, Rutgers reflected this week on the toughness and endurance they have showed throughout the season and in their upset victory in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals over No. 1 Virginia.
It seemed like the No. 9 Rutgers women’s soccer team was destined to suffer the same fate that has haunted them the last two seasons against No. 1 Virginia.After the Cavaliers (19-1-3, 9-1) knocked the Scarlet Knights (19-3-3, 7-2-2) out of the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, they looked as if they were on the verge of a trifecta by controlling the possession for most of this year’s quarterfinal matchup.But the 2015 version of the Knights are a different group, and weren’t about to let Virginia end their season for a third straight year.Rutgers advanced to their first Women’s College Cup in school history by traveling to Charlottesville and defeating Virginia on the road in penalty kicks, 7-6, after both teams played to a draw in regulation and two overtime periods.It is the first time the women’s soccer program has ever reached the national semifinals, and the first team at Rutgers to do so since the 2007 women’s basketball team.“It’s a pretty special feeling, and we all recognize the significance of what this team has accomplished,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
Playing at your best at the most crucial time of the year — the post-season — is what coaches aim for in most sports.The pre-season is used to begin preparations for the regular season slate.