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PISCATAWAY — In a match that played out in very similar fashion to the 1-0 victory over Villanova on Friday night, the Rutgers women’s soccer team scored late to defeat UMass (0-2-1,) 1-0.The No. 24 Scarlet Knights (4-0) thoroughly controlled most of the action in the contest, outshooting the Minutewomen, 19-2, with sophomore goalkeeper Casey Murphy only needing to record one save.
Sophomore Colby Ciarrocca notched the game-winning goal in the 84th minute.
With the eyes of the soccer world centered on the World Cup-winning United States Women’s National Team led by Rutgers alumnus Carli Lloyd, it has been an exciting summer for the Rutgers women’s soccer team.Along with watching Lloyd win the Golden Ball Trophy — awarded to the best player in the tournament — en route to the country’s first World Cup since 1999, current Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy capitalized on her dominant freshman season by starting five games for the United States women’s national under-20 soccer team.The sophomore now enters her second season in net for the Scarlet Knights with international experience to go along with Big Ten All-Freshmen Team honors, setting her up for what could potentially be an even bigger year.“I’ve been working on all aspects of my game and have luckily been able to play with the (under-20) national team, so I’ve gotten tremendous coaching and experience there,” Murphy said.
Senior center back Brianne Reed was selected as one of 28 women to the MAC Herman Trophy Watch List for 2015. As a junior last year, Reed was a First Team All-Big Ten selection.
When Glenn Crooks stepped down in late July of last summer, the all-time winningest coach in the Rutgers women’s soccer team’s history left the program with more questions than answers.After 14 years and 200 wins as the head coach of the Scarlet Knights, Crooks stepped down and Mike O’Neill stepped in.
Freshman goalkeeper Casey Murphy seized the starting goalkeeper position prior to the year in August and served as a key piece to an elite Rutgers defense.
The fate of the Rutgers women’s soccer team’s 2014 season was in jeopardy before it even had the chance to begin.
When former Rutgers head women’s soccer coach Glenn Crooks abruptly stepped down prior to the season in late July, he left the program with big shoes to fill.
Freshman goalkeeper Casey Murphy held Virginia scoreless in the first half of play Friday and finished with four saves. But in the second half, the Cavaliers converted three chances for the shutout win.
For a moment, it seemed as if the Rutgers women’s soccer team could pull it off.
Madison Tiernan is well aware of the task ahead.
Going up against the most talented team Rutgers has faced all year long, sophomore midfielder Madison Tiernan said she feels confident in the team’s chances to pull off the upset on the road against Virginia tonight at 6 p.m.
Freshman goalkeeper Casey Murphy said she has learned from the upperclassmen on how to adjust to the college game.
From the moment the Rutgers women’s soccer team was slated to play La Salle in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the news brought a rush to Casey Murphy.
As Mike O’Neill scanned his surroundings from the grass of Yurcak Field last Friday night, he took a couple of seconds to let it all marinate.
Senior forward Stef Scholz surges past a La Salle defender last Friday night. Scholz’s goal in the 54th minute extended RU’s lead to 2-0.
Rutgers will appear in front of its home crowd at Yurcak Field for the first time since Senior Day. The Knights suffered a tough 1-0 loss in overtime, but on Friday, they will look to redeem themselves in the first round of NCAAs against La Salle.
When the No. 25 Rutgers women’s soccer team endured the heartbreak of a 1-0 overtime loss to Northwestern on Senior Day on Oct. 19, Cassie Inacio, Tori Leigh, Amy Pietrangelo and Stef Scholz all thought they had played their final game on their home field.
While a majority of her teammates huddled around to extensively watch the live stream of the Division I Women’s Soccer Selection Show in the coaches’ office at the Hale Center, Tori Leigh slyly watched it from her laptop in the middle of class.