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It may not have had the season that it hoped for, but the Rutgers women’s soccer team rewrote the record books thanks to contributions from one of the strongest senior classes in program history. The Scarlet Knights (15-4-2, 8-2-1) had a nation-leading defensive system and were still powerhouses at the top of the field as well.
Cut early in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Rutgers women’s soccer team’s season is up, but not without leaving an impact for the future of the program. The Scarlet Knights (15-4-2, 8-2-1) went undefeated in non-conference play, hosted their first Big Ten Tournament and made it to the Big Ten semifinals.
Ninety-five days ago, the Rutgers women's soccer team opened up its season at Yurcak Field against Central Connecticut State. On Friday night, the No. 4-seeded Scarlet Knights (15-4-2, 8-2-1) faced a rematch in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. With this game, one team would see its season end with the same matchup with which it began.
The stage was set for the Rutgers women’s soccer team to claim the Big Ten title at Yurcak Field, but that dream crumbled when Michigan scored the game-winning goal in overtime. The aspiration for that title may be behind the No. 15 Scarlet Knights (15-3-2, 8-2-1), but the NCAA tournament ahead is an even bigger prize.
For a moment, the Rutgers women's soccer team was back from the dead.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team is suiting up its armor and swords for Friday afternoon’s battle at Yurcak Field. The No. 16 Scarlet Knights (15-2-2, 8-2-1) and Michigan will go head-to-head at 1:30 p.m. for the Big Ten semifinal match, after the other semifinal match between Purdue and Penn State.
One down. Two to go. The Rutgers women’s soccer team defeated Indiana in a 1-0 shutout on Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field. Scoring the game-winning goal was not the No. 16 Scarlet Knights (15-2-2, 8-2-1), but the Hoosiers’ (8-9-2, 4-5-2) Madeline Carlson on a big mistake that cost Indiana its spot in the tournament.
With the Big Ten Tournament just around the corner, the Rutgers women’s soccer team is hungry for its first conference championship at home. The No. 16 Scarlet Knights (14-2-2, 8-2-1) have had one of their best conference seasons since joining the Big Ten.
Nothing can stop the Rutgers women’s soccer team. In its last two Big Ten matches in Michigan, the No. 21 Scarlet Knights (14-2-2, 8-2-1) upset the No. 16 Wolverines (12-4-1, 7-2-1) in a 1-0 shutout, then took down Michigan State 3-2 to close off their conference season on the way to the Big Ten tournament.
Emotions were high, but their performances have been even higher this season. For the seniors on the Rutgers women’s soccer team, their time on the Banks is coming to a close and was celebrated on senior day during their 1-0 win against Indiana on Sunday afternoon.
The cold, wind and rain didn’t stop the Rutgers women’s soccer team from securing back-to-back wins over the weekend. The No. 22 Scarlet Knights (12-2-2, 6-2-1) captured 1-0 wins against Purdue and Indiana with both goals scored in the first couple of minutes in overtime by junior forward Nneka Moneme.
Heading into its last two home matches before the Big Ten tournament, held in Piscataway, the Rutgers women’s soccer team has big goals. The No. 22 Scarlet Knights (10-2-2, 4-2-1) have had a great turnaround to record three consecutive conference wins and tie, after struggling in two early matchups at home.
Returning from its Midwest journey, the Rutgers women’s soccer team remained unbeaten on the road to capture a win and a tie against Iowa and Nebraska over the weekend.
Turning momentum back around, the Rutgers women’s soccer team returned to the national rankings after capturing two consecutive Big Ten matches last week.
From back-to-back losses to back-to-back wins, the Rutgers women’s soccer team captured a 3-2 double overtime victory against Penn State and a 2-0 shutout victory to Northwestern over the weekend.
Down back-to-back Big Ten matches, the Rutgers women’s soccer team is eager for a win this weekend. The No. 20 Scarlet Knights (7-2-1, 1-2-0) will head to Penn State on Thursday for a road game at 7 p.m., before returning to the Banks to compete against Northwestern on Sunday at 2 p.m.
With its undefeated streak slashed, the Rutgers women’s soccer team is eager to get back on track in a Big Ten kind of way. The No. 20 Scarlet Knights (7-1-1, 1-1-0) will face off against Maryland at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Yurcak Field for their last home game before heading to Penn State.
From Sunday’s game against Wisconsin, it’s clear that the Rutgers women’s soccer team’s greatest strength and weakness is its defense. As one of the best defense systems in the nation, there were moments where the No. 13 Scarlet Knights (7-1-1, 1-1-0) absolutely shined, and at other times, they left huge gaps for the Badgers (6-2-1, 2-0-0) to sweep in.
Inching its way closer to the top of the national rankings, the Rutgers women’s soccer team has yet to drop a match going into Big Ten play this weekend. The No. 13 Scarlet Knights (6-0-1) will open the Big Ten season against Minnesota at Yurcak Field on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a noon game against Wisconsin on Sunday.
With the non-conference season coming to a close, the Rutgers women’s soccer team is ready to storm the field for the Big Ten season. The No. 19 Scarlet Knights (6-0-1) are at the top of the conference and are key contenders to claim their first Big Ten title at home.