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Coming off its most heartbreaking loss of the season, the Rutgers men’s soccer team looks to lick its wounds and go back to battle Tuesday against in-state opponent NJIT. Last Friday the Scarlet Knights led Northwestern 1-0 with two minutes remaining.
Everything was in place for the Rutgers men’s soccer team to walk away with its first win Friday, the same night it honored its all-time wins leading ex-head coach Bob Reasso.But after holding a 1-0 lead for 64 minutes of the game, the Scarlet Knights conceded a goal with just two minutes remaining in regulation time to allow Northwestern to creep its way back into the game.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team looks to bounce back after Tuesday’s loss to in-state rival Princeton as Big Ten play continues and it hosts Northwestern (2-9-1) on Friday. The Scarlet Knights' (0-9-2) match up is with a team that is almost identical to their own.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team took a break from the gauntlet that is Big Ten play to host an out-of-conference opponent and in-state rival in Princeton.The Scarlet Knights entered the match coming off a 1-1 draw with Michigan Friday, the best result of a winless first 10 matches of the season, holding some form of momentum for one of the few times this year.But despite the momentum being on their side in an emotional battle for in-state bragging rights, the Knights were unable to get the monkey off their back as they fell to the Tigers Tuesday night, 4-1, to remain without a win with five games remaining in the regular season.“It’s just very disheartening, very disappointing,” said head coach Dan Donigan on the loss.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team seems to be playing its best soccer of the season. Still winless through their first 10 games, the Scarlet Knights look to carry their solid play into Tuesday as they host in-state rival Princeton (5-4-1). Friday marked the fourth consecutive game Rutgers has either tied the opposition or lost by one goal, with two of those four teams being ranked in the top 15.The offense seems to be creating more creative opportunities to score, even though the Knights are only averaging .80 goals per game, said head coach Dan Donigan. “I just told them continue to move and get the second and third guys involved in the attack,” Donigan said.
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.
The previous 4 out of 5 Rutgers men’s soccer games have either been a tie or a loss by only a one-goal difference.Those games include a 2-1 double-overtime loss to No. 1 Maryland, a scoreless tie against No. 6 Indiana, a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast and a 1-0 loss to Wisconsin.But closely contested games don’t count as wins and the Scarlet Knights find themselves in the basement of the Big Ten Conference. One team that is close to Rutgers in the standings is Michigan, but it also does not sport a record that shows how close its contests have been.
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.
As the players walk toward the Rutgers men’s soccer practice field, Marvin Gaye’s ‘Lets Get It On’ echoes from the adjacent football field.
Gloomy, wet and eerie were three words to describe the scene that took place Saturday night at the Dan McClimon Memorial Soccer Complex in Madison, Wisconsin.But the outcome was anything but unusual for the Rutgers men’s soccer team, as it dropped its eighth game of the season, putting it at 0-8-1 thus far.
Following its first instance of real Big Ten adversity this season, the Rutgers women’s soccer team had a bounce-back game versus Michigan State Sunday, winning the matchup by a score of 3-1.But the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) 19th ranked Scarlet Knights faced a hardship on Thursday night in second game of their road trip in the Great Lake State.Rutgers suffered a gut wrenching defeat at the hands of Michigan, losing 3-2 in double overtime.It was the only time that the Knights have allowed more than two goals in a match in all of 2016.After going through such a tough experience in Ann Arbor, Rutgers (8-2-2, 3-1-1) was looking forward to a chance at redemption in East Lansing.“The players responded so well from the opening whistle,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.
In probably the most heartbreaking defeat the Rutgers women’s soccer team has faced all season, the Scarlet Knights (7-2-2, 2-1-1) fell to Michigan 3-2 in double overtime Thursday evening.
Coming off a resilient comeback that just fell short of a win, the Rutgers men’s soccer team looks to get back on track as it heads to Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday to resume conference play against the Badgers. But, the Scarlet Knights (0-7-1), (0-3-1) (why are there two records?) face a different kind of team this weekend. Unlike Florida Gulf Coast’s high-octane offense, the Badgers sport a totally different look. Wisconsin’s goalkeeper Phillip Schilling is averaging a .78 (SPELL OUT FOR FIRST REFERENCE UNLESS THIS IS A BIG THING AND I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT IT IS) GAA, which is second in the Big Ten, as well as a .760 save percentage that ranks third in the Big Ten.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team faces its first Big Ten road trip of the season, visiting both Michigan and Michigan State this weekend. The Scarlet Knights are currently ranked 19th nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, but are confronting a true challenge in the Great Lake State. Thursday evening they play a Michigan side that has gotten off to an extremely impressive start.Michigan heads into Thursday’s match tied for third in the Big Ten with a 7-1-1 overall record and a 3-0 mark in conference play.Despite not ranking in the top 25 by the NSCAA, the Wolverines are rated at No. 17 in the country by Soccer America and No. 22 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.In its last two contests, Michigan defeated Nebraska and Michigan State 2-1 and 1-0 respectively.Pacing the offense is redshirt junior Ani Sarkisian who leads the Wolverines in scoring with 5 goals, including the game-winner against Michigan State.In addition, Michigan has displayed excellent defense winning five consecutive matches and allowing only 1 goal in that span.The leader of the defensive front is goalkeeper Sarah Jackson, who has a save percentage of .897 and only allows an average of 0.43 goals per game.“Michigan will definitely be a tough one as they have one of the best defenses in the country,” said freshman defender Chantelle Swaby.
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.
Nothing new happened Tuesday night.In fact, it was the same old story – just a bigger letdown. Despite junior forward Jason Wright’s hat trick, and the Rutgers men’s soccer team cutting what was once a 5-0 lead to 5-4, they were defeated again Tuesday night against No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast 6-5. “Obviously it wasn’t a very good defensive game between either team,” said head coach Dan Donigan.
In an important weekend with two visiting conference opponents, the Rutgers women’s soccer team saw two drastically different outcomes. The Scarlet Knights earned an impressive 2-0 victory on Friday in the first match versus Northwestern. Rutgers held the Wildcats without a shot on goal for the entire first half and completely dominated the possession. In the 33rd minute senior forward Erica Murphy scored a superb goal as a substitute. Fellow bench star freshman midfielder Taylor Aylmer set up the play with a great run down the middle of the field. Aylmer dribbled past several defenders and drew the attention of the two Northwestern center backs freeing up Murphy on the right flank. After receiving a concise and sharp pass, Murphy placed her shot easily beyond the stretches of the goalkeeper.
After earning its first tie of the season, the Rutgers men’s soccer team will try to ride its momentum into its fourth non-conference game of the season against the highest scoring team in the country — Florida Gulf Coast. The Scarlet Knights (0-6-1), (0-3-1) are heading into Tuesday’s game for the first time this season not coming off a loss. “It just doesn’t make you forget the other games,” said head coach Dan Donigan.
For the fifth time in seven games, the Rutgers men’s soccer team will play a top-20 team as No. 4 Indiana (4-0-3) will travel to Yurcak Field Friday.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team fell to 0-6 on the season following a 3-1 loss to Ohio State on Sunday.The Buckeyes (2-5) scored in the fifth minute to put the Scarlet Knights in a hole.From there, it was all Ohio State, as it padded its early lead to 2-0 heading into halftime.“I don’t know what the answer is,” said head coach Dan Donigan.