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As the Rutgers field hockey team enters the thick of its Big Ten schedule, every game is tightly fought and can go either way, especially when it’s one of several teams in the conference that is nationally ranked.“As we get deeper and deeper into Big Ten play, the games get tighter and more physical, and there’s more on the line.” said head coach Meredith Civico.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team corralled itself a new journeyman this season, when it brought goalkeeper Rafael Pereira up to New Jersey and Division I soccer with the Scarlet Knights.Pereira, a junior from Lisbon Portugal, started playing soccer when he was just seven years old, when he was in need of an extra after school activity to keep him occupied.Although Pereira started out as regular skill player, a year into his soccer career saw him switch to the goalkeeper position after his team needed a new goalkeeper during finishing drills.“I remember telling myself, “Well, why not give it a try,” because I had actually played goalie a few times with my classmates in school,” Pereira said.
After splitting its two home games against Minnesota and Wisconsin last weekend, the Rutgers women’s soccer team looks to avenge its first loss of the season as it travels to Iowa City to take on Iowa on Thursday and then Lincoln to face Nebraska on Sunday.The No. 23 Scarlet Knights (9-1-2, 3-1-1) head into the weekend tied for third in the Big Ten behind only Purdue and Ohio State.
The Rutgers women’s cross country team is now ranked No. 15 in the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings, by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Another pair of losses haunted the Rutgers volleyball team at the College Avenue Gym this past weekend as the Scarlet Knights (5-11, 0-4) failed to outperform Big Ten opponents Northwestern (11-5, 1-3) and Illinois (12-3, 3-1). All four of Rutgers’ conference matches this season have been straight set losses, and the Knights have now accumulated five consecutive losses.
Only a 30 minute drive from their hometown in Union, New Jersey, Rutgers University feels like a home away from home for Rutgers women’s soccer team standouts Adora and Nneka Moneme.
In the Netherlands, field hockey is a way of life. People start playing at a young age, and this translates to massive success on the international scale.The Dutch women’s field hockey team is currently the top-ranked team in the world and has won three Olympic gold medals and seven Field Hockey World Cups. More recently, many Dutch players have been playing for collegiate teams in the United States and are often the top players on a team.
After a one game break from conference play, the Rutgers men’s soccer team will head on the road for its fourth Big Ten matchup of the season.The Scarlet Knights (1-6-1, 0-3-0) will travel up north to face Indiana (5-0-2, 1-0-2) this Friday night.