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After starting the season 0-3, the Rutgers men’s soccer team looks to rebound from their most recent hangover, and capture their first win of the 2016 campaign, as they travel to East Lansing to face the Michigan State Spartans (2-1).Along with the top opponents in the Big Ten conference, the Knights have been dealt with a hand that not too many teams have experienced this season so far.
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.
It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. For the Rutgers men’s soccer team, the start has been a little jarring.
The Rutgers men's soccer team came into the 2016 season ranked No. 25 in the initial National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll of the season and high expectations after last season's success. The Scarlet Knights aim to surpass last year’s heroics, in which they reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and tied for third place in one of the top conferences in college soccer.
For the second time this weekend, the No. 25 Rutgers men's soccer team found itself on the losing side of a match against a ranked opponent, dropping tightly contested match against No. 20 Denver by a score of 1-0 at Yurcak Field on Sunday.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team opened its season on the wrong foot, suffering a 2-0 loss to No. 7 Creighton at Yurcak Field Friday night in a match it rarely had a say in.
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.
Former Rutgers men's soccer players Mitchell Lurie and Mitchell Taintor were selected in the third round of the 2016 MLS Superdraft as the 44th and 59th overall picks, respectively.
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.
After a nightmare first season in the Big Ten, a lackluster start to its second campaign had the Rutgers men’s soccer team destined for another year at the bottom of the pecking order of its new conference.Four games into conference play, the Scarlet Knights had just one win — a 4-1 upset over then-No. 22 Indiana in Bloomington — sandwiched in between three losses to Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State, all at Yurcak Field.
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.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team entered 2015 expected to repeat the lackluster season it produced in its first season in the Big Ten the year prior.Returning a majority of the team that finished in second to last in the Big Ten with a record of 6-12-1, the Scarlet Knights were not looked at as a major threat in one of the premier conferences in the country.But looking back on a season that saw the Knights earned their first NCAA Tournament birth since 2011, reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in program history and finished ranked in the final four NSCAA Coaches Polls, including a final No. 23 ranking, Rutgers proved the preseason predictions wrong.“It was awesome.
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.
The No. 23 Rutgers men’s soccer team felt as if it was reliving 2011 when the NCAA Tournament bracket was released last week.Just like the last time they participated in the competition, the Scarlet Knights hosted — and won — the first round match against an opponent they were expected to defeat before traveling to a fourth-seed hoping to turn some heads with an upset.But instead of repeating the success of the past when they defeated fourth-seeded Boston College in a penalty shootout, the Knights (13-7-2, 4-4-0) returned home for the final time in 2015.Rutgers was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after suffering a 6-1 pummeling at the hands of fourth-seeded Akron on Sunday afternoon in its second trip to Ohio of the season.
PISCATAWAY — The No. 9 Rutgers women’s soccer team isn’t quite ready for its historic season to end just yet.After beating Hofstra, 2-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, the Scarlet Knights returned to Yurcak Field on Sunday to face No. 18 Connecticut in the Sweet 16.It didn’t take long for them to carry over their momentum from Friday into Sunday’s match.The No. 2-seeded Knights (19-3-2, 7-2-2) came out with the offensive firepower they felt was missing from their first round victory over Fairleigh Dickinson and scored two first half goals in a 4-0 win over the Huskies.Both of their wins over Hofstra and Connecticut marked the second time they have beaten each team this season.After a rainy Thursday soaked the pitch at Yurcak Field for the weekend, the Knights were still able to gain traction and push the tempo on offense in both games.In a record-breaking season for the Knights, they added another one to the list by becoming the first team in program history to advance to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals with the win.It is a major accomplishment for Rutgers, which is the first team in program history to get this far.“I feel blessed,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
For the first 110 minutes of the NCAA Tournament first round match between the Rutgers men’s soccer team and LIU Brooklyn, the crowd at Yurcak Field was as loud as ever, despite the horrific weather conditions throughout the night.But in the most crucial moment of the match, everything went silent.Junior goalkeeper David Greczek stood on the goal line with a chance to send his team to the next round of the biggest tournament in collegiate soccer.