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Rutgers men’s soccer draws Ivy League champions in NCAA Tournament opener

Rutgers men’s soccer hits the road for the NCAA Tournament.

Rutgers men’s soccer’s return to the NCAA Tournament will see them travel to UPenn on Thursday. The Scarlet Knights booked their postseason berth on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Indiana at Yurcak Field.

It was a strong season from Rutgers, who are 10-4-6 overall and have a 4-2-2 record in the Big Ten. Sunday’s win over Indiana saw Rutgers, seeded second in the Big Ten Tournament by virtue of their regular season finish, win their first conference title on the men’s side.

Despite losing to Rutgers in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game, Indiana is ranked No. 13 in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers finished fourth in the Big Ten regular season.

Four Big Ten teams made the NCAA Tournament. In addition to Rutgers and Indiana, both Ohio State and Maryland got the postseason nod.

The winner of Thursday’s match will play at No. 3 Syracuse on Sunday.

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In out-of-conference play, Rutgers took the field against two Ivy League programs, earning draws against Princeton (1-1 on Sept. 2) and Yale (2-2 on Sept. 5).

UPenn finished the season 12-2-2 and 6-1 in the Ivy League.

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Rutgers women’s soccer dips in the latest United Soccer Coaches rankings

Rutgers women’s soccer sees their spot in the poll tumble after two losses this week.

Rutgers slid in the latest United Soccer Coaches rankings this week after two losses in the last week to close out the Big Ten regular season.

In a disappointing end to the season, No. 20 Rutgers lost their last two games of the regular season at Michigan and then on Sunday at Michigan State. They finish the regular season 13-3-2 with a 5-3-2 mark in the Big Ten.

The Scarlet Knights finished the regular season atop the conference and were the preseason pick to end up winning the Big Ten again this season (an honor they shared along with Penn State). They ended in a four-way tie for fourth place.

They will face No. 12 Northwestern on Sunday in the Big Ten Tournament.

There are a total of four ranked teams from the Big Ten in this week’s poll. In addition to Northwestern and Rutgers, the Big Ten is being paced by No. 6 Michigan State. Also in the rankings are No. 25 Ohio State.

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Rutgers men’s soccer moves into a tie for third place in the Big Ten after Friday win over Michigan

Rutgers men’s soccer beat Michigan on Friday night.

A tight 2-1 win over Michigan on Friday night has pushed Rutgers men’s soccer into a tie for third place in the Big Ten. With one conference match left to play, the Scarlet Knights are within striking distance of potentially finishing with a top-two finish in the conference.

The win sees Rutgers sitting at 7-3-5 (3-2-2 Big Ten, 11 points) and tied on points with Ohio State for third place in the conference.

Michigan came into the match short-handed with several players missing due to illness. This led Chaka Daley, in his eleventh season with the Wolverines as head coach, to keep a defensive posture, playing two low blocks. to absorb the pressure from Rutgers.

The visitors managed to outshoot Rutgers (11:7) even as Rutgers held the edge in shots on goal (5:3).

Goals by M.D. Myers in the first half and Ian Abbey in the second half lifted Rutgers to the win. The strike by Abbey was a tight finish:

 

Rutgers closes out the season with a match at Penn State on Oct. 25 and then an out-of-conference game again UCLA on Oct. 29.

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Friday night’s win was the first for Rutgers men’s soccer over Michigan since 2015.

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Watch: Sara Brocious gets the late winner for Rutgers on a stunning-one timer

Sara Brocious hits a beautiful late winner to get Rutgers women’s soccer an important win.

Rutgers women’s soccer got back in the win column on Sunday afternoon with a beautifully taken Sara Brocious goal the difference in a 1-0 win over Maryland.

Following Thursday night’s 2-0 loss at Penn State, Rutgers rebounded in what was a tough and at times gritty match. Playing against a Maryland team that did a good job keeping their shape and holding things tight defensively, it took a little bit of magic from Brocious with under three minutes left in the game.

Rutgers is now 10-1-0 (2-1-0 Big Ten) following the win over Maryland.

From 16 yards out and tilted on the right side of the penalty area, Brocious took a low-bouncing ball and one-timed it beautifully from her right-foot into the upper-90 for the game’s only goal.

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Brocious is a junior midfielder who was named to the Big Ten’s player-to-watch list.

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Rutgers will hit the road next weekend for a pair of games at Northwestern on Thursday and then Purdue on Sunday.

With confidence and presence, Sam Kroeger is thriving for Rutgers women’s soccer

Sam Kroeger is emerging as a force for Rutgers women’s soccer.

Last year, Samantha Kroeger’s role with the Rutgers women’s soccer team was very much of the blue-collar variety, doing the dirty work so the team’s star players could shine. This year, however, Kroeger has been off to a flashing hot start as the junior attacker has three goals in the last two games.

Those three goals, coincidentally, have come via her head, her right foot and then her left foot.

In her first two years with the Scarlet Knights, Kroeger played a bit further away from goal at times. With an unrelenting work ethic, she was tasked with making hard runs to press the opposing backline.

Her industry led to turnovers and much appreciation among her teammates but little in the way of headlines. In her first two seasons across 41 games – all starts – Kroeger tallied six goals and seven assists. Solid numbers, but nothing like she is producing this year.

The junior from West Milford High School (West Milford, N.J.) is already at four goals and two assists through the first six games of the 2022 season. She scored the opening two goals of Sunday’s 3-0 win over Princeton.

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Both Kroeger goals were scored in the opening two minutes of the match, setting the tone early for Rutgers, now 6-0.

“As an upperclassman, my role this year is in the attacking third to score as many goals as possible, and I want to influence our play as much as possible, both on and off the field,” Kroeger told RutgersWire following Sunday’s win over Princeton.

“And I think that we’ve talked about so much about field presence and  I’m coming along with that and my hope is to just continue to do that throughout the season, especially when we come into Big Ten play. Scoring as many goals now and getting my confidence up here is going to help me succeed in Big Ten play, hopefully,”

The Sunday win by Rutgers avenges a bad regular season loss last year where Rutgers blew a 2-0 halftime lead to Princeton. The Ivy League program is a perenially solid squad, one that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

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As for Kroeger, her growth and development in the final third is important as Rutgers looks to offset the loss of Amirah Ali and Frankie Tagliaferi. The dynamic duo last year, now in the NWSL, was the best scoring tandem in the Big Ten last year.

That’s where Kroeger’s maturation is important for Rutgers. With her high work rate and strong tactical acumen, she has nuanced the position even more. She is making smarter runs this year, showcasing her ability to finish.

“I always try and be in the best position as possible to attack but also defend at the same time,” Kroeger said.

“So I think that just my positioning, balancing it out and splitting the difference instead of stepping so far, back because we trust our backline to do the dirty work and I think that  either Riley Tiernan or our wingers, whoever the winger is, is our first look and we’re trying to strike (on goal) in as few passes as possible.”

Kroeger’s positioning and understanding of the role with Rutgers is an important part of what appears to be a reloading of the program under head coach Mike O’Neil. Despite losing some talented seniors such as the aforementioned Ali and Tagliaferri as well as the under-appreciated Gabby Provenzano, Rutgers is rolling along nicely.

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The Scarlet Knights are favored to repeat atop the Big Ten this year and are looking every bit as dangerous as the team that made the College Cup last season.

“What she recognizes for us to be successful is that she needs to have a key role in our attack and so her game is at a different level,” O’Neil said after Sunday’s win.

“We’re not surprised – Sammi is a talented, talented player. I look at like, I think this year – she’s a good player and she’s simply taken her game to another level. And that’s what you ask.

“Sammi’s tactical IQ is at a different level. She understands the game so well. For us, we have a way we want to play. We want them to understand and see the game and take what the game gives them. So many of them understand that and Sammy is certainly one of them.”

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Riley Tiernan named to the 2022 Hermann Trophy Watch List

Rutgers women’s soccer sophomore Riley Tiernan named to a prestigious watch list.

Rutgers women’s soccer sophomore Riley Tiernan was named to the 2022 Hermann Trophy Watch List. The honor comes after Tiernan put together a fantastic campaign for the Scarlet Knights.

Last season, Rutgers advanced to the women’s Final Four for the first time in program history.

Tiernan is coming off a first season at Rutgers where she quickly emerged as one of the top attackers in the Big Ten. She was named the conference’s freshman of the year coming off a season where she had two goals and three assists.

Not familiar with the Hermann Trophy? Consider it the Heisman of men’s and women’s soccer:

“The Hermann Trophy, presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, is the nation’s highest individual honor recognizing the National Player of the Year as determined by the voting of Division I coaches who are members of United Soccer Coaches.”

For the full watch list, click here.

Rutgers was recently picked to finish atop the Big Ten in the preseason coaches poll.

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Her sister, Madison Tiernan, was a former standout at Rutgers who went on to successfully play in the NWSL. She is now an assistant coach with the Scarlet Knights.

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Rutgers women’s soccer sees historic season end in loss to Florida State

Rutgers women’s soccer falls to Florida State just a game short of the NCAA Championship Game.

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Rutgers women’s soccer fell to Florida State 1-0 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Women’s Soccer College Cup. The loss sees the Scarlet Knights season end one match short of the championship game.

It was a tremendous season for the Rutgers women’s program, who won the Big Ten regular season title and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The season showed continued growth from the program under head coach Mike O’Neil, who struggled to find the words at times following Friday night’s loss.

“It’s hard, it’s hard to find the words. I’m really proud, it was a great year. They were brilliant tonight, created chances, executed a gameplan and worked hard as a team. We talk about being 28 strong. We were 28 strong this season. Left nothing on the field; disappointed in the result but it’s been a historic year. We’re proud, very proud,” O’Neil said after the game.

“It hurts a bit with the seniors that have helped take this program to another level, both in the classroom and on the field.”

The women’s soccer program is undoubtedly the standard-bearer for success in the athletic department.

A second half goal by Florida State’s All-American Jaelin Howell was the difference in the match. It was at times a nervy match but a very even and tight, with Rutgers and Florida State each registering nine shots.

“I think starting out and going into this season when we started Day 1, we know there was something special,” captain Gaby Provenzano said.

“We knew that it was truly a family and that we were truly sisters and that no matter what, we were going to have each other’s backs through the ups and the downs. And that’s what carried us through this year.”

Rutgers women’s soccer places two semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy

Two Rutgers women’s soccer players are semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy.

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Rutgers women’s soccer placed two players as semifinalists for the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy. The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC).

Senior midfielder Frankie Tagliaferri and defender Gabby Provenzano were among the 15 semifinalists for the national award. It was the first time in program history that two Scarlet Knights were named semifinalists.

The Hermann Trophy is given annually to the nation’s top player.

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A transfer from Penn State, Tagliaferri has helped revolutionize the Rutgers attack this year with 13 goals and nine assists in 24 appearances. A captain, Provenzano has been tremendous defensively but also has been instrumental in her possession play, ability to play the ball out of the back and her strong movement forward.

Both players have been pivotal in what has been a historic season for the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers was one of two programs to have multiple players named semifinalists. The other program is Florida State, who has midfielder Jaelin Howell and defender Emily Madril up for the award. Howell won the award last year.

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On Friday in Santa Clara, CA, Rutgers plays Florida State for a berth in the championship game. Rutgers has had a tremendous season, going 19-3-2, winning the Big Ten regular season title and earning one of four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

Senior defender Alia Martin (Michigan) was the only other Big Ten player named a semifinalist.

Rutgers men’s soccer coming off a season of success and growth

Rutgers men’s soccer took a big step forward with a very solid 2021 season.

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In now his third season as head coach of Rutgers men’s soccer, Jim McElderry has seen steady growth for his program. This year, Rutgers finished a very solid 9-6-2 in what must unequivocally be called a step forward for the program.

It was a campaign that built on the spring season where the Scarlet Knights went 4-4-1.

“Definitely, [I] think we’ve grown in a lot of ways in terms of the depth of our team,” McElderry told ‘Rutgers Wire’ last week.

“We grew in the overall expectation of our group for what is needed to be a successful Big Ten team. We also had some moments when players were injured or sick, we had the guys to come in and play the way we wanted to play.

“Sometimes we needed a little more quality here in moments but overall, I’m happy with where the group is headed. You’re never satisfied though.”

The Rutgers men’s soccer program has a long history of success that includes appearances in the Final Four and a number of top players including Alexi Lalas, Hamisi Amani-Dove, Jon Conway, Joshua Gros and Dilly Duka among others. McElderry talked about the natural recruiting turf that Rutgers is centrally located in as being a real positive for his program, as are new facilities that include two new practice fields.

Looking back on the season, McElderry liked that his team played a lot of close games. For a young squad, this is important for building their mentality.

“We need to have those high expectations,” McElderry said. “I also felt really good about the mentality of our group.”