Head coach Mike O'Neill said No. 5 Georgetown did a good job in taking advantage of his teams mistakes, leading to a 2-0 defeat to the Hoyas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
11/21/2016 1:22am

Rutgers season comes to end with loss to No. 5 Georgetown in second round of NCAA Tournament

On a partly sunny Friday afternoon in our nation’s capital, the Rutgers women’s soccer team saw its season come to an end via a 2-0 defeat at the hands of No. 5 Georgetown. The Scarlet Knights’ (12-5-6) loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament was not necessarily a surprising one due to their underdog status versus the Hoyas, but it was a touch disappointing for a squad that nearly won the Big Ten title. “I felt we were ready and up for the challenge, but we didn’t end up playing our best soccer,” said head coach Mike O’Neill.

Senior defender Erin Smith led Rutgers back into the NCAA Tournament as its captain with a regular season worthy of a First Team All-Big Ten selection. Now, she's trying to lead them to a national championship.
11/16/2016 1:45am

Senior defender leads Knights in NCAA Tournament after impressive regular season

Currently set to play in the second round of the NCAA tournament, known as the College Cup, the Rutgers women’s soccer team is flying high on all cylinders. The Scarlet Knights have accomplished a lot on their way to this point, as the team has accrued an impressive 12-4-6 overall record, including four wins, two losses, and five draws in conference action. Rutgers also notably reached the conference tournament championship game despite being ranked the seven seed going into the postseason. In order to achieve these feats, the Knights had to have exceptional performances from individual players all year long and while it was easy to observe that occur from a fan or coach’s point of view, it’s always extra special when others notice as well. At the culmination of the Big Ten regular season this year, the league office announced its postseason honors with Rutgers having six players recognized. Senior forward Madison Tiernan was named to the All-Big Ten second team and freshman midfielder Nicole Whitley was listed on the third team, while Whitley, Taylor Aylmer, and Amanda Visco earned spots on the All-Freshman Team. Senior defender Erin Smith, meanwhile, earned the highest honor of all the Knights by making it on the All-Big Ten first team. “It’s such a huge honor to be named on the first team,” said Smith.

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Junior forward Colby Ciarrocca believes Rutgers will be in a good spot if it stays positive ahead entering the third and final part of its season.
11/11/2016 1:07am

Rutgers opens NCAA Tournament campaign at home against Harvard

After surprising many after reaching the Big Ten Championship — although unfortunately falling to Minnesota once there — the Rutgers women’s soccer team earned a home game in the NCAA tournament. Battling in an extremely competitive conference this year, the Scarlet Knights (11-4-6) have accrued four wins, two losses and five draws against Big Ten opponents.

Head coach Mike O’Neill will coach in his third straight NCAA Tournament as a head coach and Rutgers’ fifth consecutive this season after it earned an at-large bid to the tournament Monday afternoon. The Knights will host Harvard at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
11/7/2016 7:58pm

Rutgers returns to NCAA Tournament for fifth straight season

For the fifth consecutive season, the Rutgers women's soccer team is going dancing. The Scarlet Knights (11-4-6, 4-2-5) will have a chance to build on their first ever College Cup appearance last season after receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Monday. They’ll open their fifth consecutive appearance in the tournament by hosting Harvard Saturday night at 5 p.m. “I was so excited for our team,” said senior midfielder Tori Prager moments after seeing Rutgers come up on the big screen at an NCAA Division I Tournament Selection Show watch party, held for the team at the Brown Recruiting Pavilion.

Senior Erica Murphy gave Rutgers a first-half lead, but the Knights couldn't hold on as they fell to Wisconsin 2-1 in both team's regular season finale.
10/27/2016 7:24am

Rutgers falls to Wisconsin in regular season finale

In a match where the Rutgers women’s soccer team entered the field hoping to earn a home Big Ten postseason game through a victory, the Scarlet Knights lost to Wisconsin by a score of 2-1 to conclude the regular season with a record of 9-3-6 overall and 4-2-5 in conference action. Meanwhile, the Badgers improve to 8-4-7 overall with the win and now own a Big Ten record of 5-2-4. They didn’t know it during the game, but the Knights wouldn’t have even locked up fourth place, which is the lowest seed that hosts a Big Ten tournament game, with a victory. Rutgers needed to defeat Wisconsin and have Michigan draw or lose to Indiana, but the Wolverines vanquished the Hoosiers by a score of 3-2. After the loss to Wisconsin, the Knights slide back into the seventh position in the conference standings, while the Badgers move up to fifth. Playing soccer in Madison is a difficult challenge for any team, but Rutgers seemed capable of defying the odds for at least the first half. Senior forward Erica Murphy put the Knights in the lead with her third goal of the season in the first half, putting her points total at 7 for the 2016 campaign. Those numbers are especially impressive for a substitute, but not quite as riveting as her score Wednesday night. In the 40th minute, there was a flurry of Wisconsin attempted clearances and Rutgers tries at goal until the chaos cleared at the foot of senior captain Madison Tiernan.

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