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A road trip to Iowa for the regular season finale was sure to present difficulties for the Rutgers women’s soccer team, but it was able to carry over its home dominance into enemy territory and escape with a 2-0 victory.The No. 9 Scarlet Knights (14-2-2, 7-2-2) got off to a quick start against the Hawkeyes (7-10-1, 1-9-1) and wanted to make sure they played consistently for the full 90 minutes like they have over the past few games.They did just that, dominating the pace of play throughout the whole game and never giving Iowa much of a chance to get their offense going.Senior midfielder Hayley Katkowski gave the Knights the early advantage with a goal in the third minute, assisted by fellow seniors Samantha Valliant and Brianne Reed.The early strike gave Rutgers a quick 1-0 lead.
With one more regular season game to go before the Big Ten Tournament, the Rutgers women’s soccer team is remaining focused on the task at hand for the week — finishing the season strong at Iowa.The No. 9 Scarlet Knights (13-2-2, 6-2-2) are playing their best soccer of the season, picking up crucial conference victories over ranked foes in then-No. 9 Penn State and then-No. 19 Minnesota.They have put themselves in position to host a Big Ten Tournament game at home after their recent string of strong play has them tied with Michigan for third in the conference with 20 points.They also just completed their third unbeaten season at home in school history, posting a 9-0-1 record at Yurcak Field.Rutgers would love to be able to host a conference tournament game at home, but understands that it cannot overlook a Hawkeyes team (7-9-1, 1-8-1) that has beaten Illinois this season, one of the two teams to hand the Knights a loss this fall.“Winning at home this year was very important to us and one of the biggest goals set out by the team at the start of the season,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
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.
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.
PISCATAWAY — One year after the Rutgers women's soccer team announced its entrance to the Big Ten with an upset of then-No.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 No. 11 Rutgers women’s soccer team will once again put its winning and shutout streaks on the line.
Even a return to the sight of its first defeat from last season could not phase the Rutgers women’s soccer team and its record-setting shutout streak.The No.