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Just as stats don’t tell the whole story, results aren’t completely indicative of a team’s performance.Despite earning a win in each of its last three matches — the longest winning streak of the season — the Rutgers men’s soccer team has not played up to par on the pitch as of late.In their latest outing, the Scarlet Knights (7-4-1, 2-3-0) struggled against a Penn team that failed to score in 6 of 10 contests this season.
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.
If Rutgers continues to play the way it has been lately, senior defender Brianne Reed believes her team will be in good shape.
If scoring goals is wrong, Jason doesn’t want to be Wright.Sophomore forward Jason Wright continued his phenomenal form Tuesday night in Philadelphia when he sealed the Rutgers men’s soccer team’s 2-0 win against Penn with a goal a minute before the final whistle blew.The Kingston, Jamaica, native received the ball in acres of space and ran towards the Quakers goal, rounded Penn substitute goalkeeper Etan Mobourahk and slid the ball into the empty net for his seventh goal in his past five matches.The goal was a cherry on top of a big day for Wright.
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.
When a chance to do something new presents itself, it must be taken advantage of.The Rutgers men’s soccer team looks to take advantage of an opportunity to extend its current winning streak to three games for the first time this season when they travel to the City of Brotherly Love to face Penn Tuesday afternoon.The Scarlet Knights’ (6-4-1, 2-3-0) current winning streak began last week in another midweek matchup with an Ivy League program. The Knights defeated Yale 5-2 at Yurcak Field, conceding both goals when they had a three-goal cushion to work with.The Bulldogs presented little danger in turning the result around, but the relaxed way in which Rutgers defended with a big lead raised some red flags for the coaching staff and they let the players on the field know.Aware that letting up for even a second on the pitch is unacceptable, the Knights aspire to improve the way they approach the game mentally.“I think that’s really hard to do when you go up by more than a few goals,” said senior midfielder Mitchell Taintor on remaining completely focused with a large lead.
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.
Home-field advantage is immeasurable. Playing on a familiar field in front of cheering fans provides teams with an extra boost of energy to push through difficult stretches of games.The Rutgers men’s soccer team doesn’t appear to believe in home-field advantage.The Scarlet Knights (6-4-1, 2-3-0) improved to 2-0 against conference opponents on the road after handing Big Ten leader Michigan its first conference loss of the season in extra time Saturday morning in Ann Arbor.Sophomore forward Jason Wright scored the only goal of the contest against the Wolverines (5-3-3, 2-1-2) three minutes into extra-time to bring the Knights within two points of the conference lead.
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.
Sophomore forward Jason Wright looks to keep up the form he’s been in as of late. He has scored five goals in his past three outings.
Junior goalkeeper David Greczek and his back four have been anything but impermeable thus far this season. Through 10 contests in the 2015 campaign, the Knights have only kept two clean sheets — in a 0-0 draw to Monmouth and an 8-0 win against Loyola (Md.) last week.
For the second weekend in a row, the Rutgers men’s soccer team will face a top-flight Big Ten opponent after crushing a non-conference foe.The Scarlet Knights (5-4-1, 1-3-0) travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan this Saturday after blowing past Yale midweek.Michigan and Rutgers have been having extremely different seasons thus far.The Wolverines (5-3-2, 2-0-2) currently lead the Big Ten Conference with eight points in four games.
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.
Sophomore goalkeeper Casey Murphy recorded a career-high eight saves in the game last year on the road at Indiana.
Senior defender Brianne Reed, named the No. 24 player in TopdrawerSoccer.com’s Top 100 national rankings, has started all 12 of the matches this year at center back to help to hold down the Knights back end.
When facing non-conference opposition, many Power Five conference teams underestimate their opponents, leading to surprising upsets that shock the nation.While it did seem to underestimate its visitors at times Tuesday night, the Rutgers men’s soccer team did not let itself get upset.A hat-trick from sophomore forward Jason Wright and two goals from senior forward JP Correa propelled the Scarlet Knights (5-4-1, 1-3-0) to a 5-2 win over Yale (1-8, 0-1) to improve to 4-1-1 against non-conference opponents this season.While satisfied with the win, head coach Dan Donigan showed frustration in the complacency his team showed throughout the match.
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.
Failing to earn a result despite outplaying the opposition, senior center-back and captain Mitch Lurie implores his teammates to keep on keeping on.
Junior midfielder Erik Sa and the Knights believe that if they continue to play the attractive brand of soccer they’ve been playing throughout the season, success will arrive on the Banks soon enough.