02 Nov No. 4 Women’s Soccer Set for Semifinal Match with Iowa on Thursday
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – No. 4 Rutgers women’s soccer is set to host Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals on Thursday, Nov 4. Kickoff is set for 1:30 PM at Yurcak Field live on Big Ten Network. Admission and parking is free for the Tournament hosted by Rutgers.
“This team has been talking about chasing history this whole season and this tournament isn’t any different. We’re taking this game seriously, like every single game, but especially being home using that to our advantage and getting recovery. Using the facilities and seeing our families. This is another opportunity for us to make history in so many different ways. I know the team’s really up for it and really excited. the energy today [at training] was awesome. Today we got better. Again, just like we do every single day and the team’s really excited for Thursday and Thursday’s game is the only game on our mind right now,” said senior midfielder Frankie Tagliaferri.
“Advancing to the semifinals a great accomplishment and it’s something that we definitely work towards since the beginning of the year. We definitely know what our goals are and to reach it is something great, but we definitely still want more,” said sophomore midfielder Sara Brocious.
“Advancing means a lot to us. We’ve been preparing from the beginning of preseason, and we’ve had our goals in mind. It’s great to be hosting. All of our friends and families are local, and they can come support us throughout the games,” said sophomore forward Sam Kroeger.
THIS WEEK’S QUICK KICKS
WATCH AND LISTEN | Thursday’s semifinal match will be televised live on Big Ten Network and through the Fox Sports app. The match will be accompanied by live stats available at BigTenStats.com. WRSU (88.7 FM) will broadcast the game as well.
FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING | The Big Ten Tournament Semifinals at Yurcak Field will have free admission and parking. For free parking, fans are required to register their vehicle by clicking here. A one-time sign up will have the vehicle set for all home contests this season.
RU’S LAST TIME OUT | In Sunday’s quarterfinal, top-seed Rutgers (16-2, 10-0 Big Ten) defeated No. 8 seed Wisconsin in a 1-0 shutout to advance to the semifinals. The Scarlet Knights extended its program record win streak to 12 straight victories, advancing to its third consecutive Big Ten Tournament semifinal.
Sophomore midfielder Sara Brocious scored the gamewinner against the Badgers, marking her fourth goal of the season. Senior goalkeeper Meagan McClelland recorded a season-high seven saves for RU’s 10th clean sheet of the year and sixth against a conference opponent.
BIG TEN HONORS | Following the program’s first Big Ten title, Frankie Tagliaferri was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, Gabby Provenzano the Big Ten Defender of the Year and Riley Tiernan the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The three player of the year awards marks the most ever in a single year for the Scarlet Knights and the first multiple top awards in single year since two in 2015.
Amirah Ali (First Team), Riley Tiernan (First Team), Frankie Tagliaferri (First Team), Gabby Provenzano (First Team), Becci Fluchel (Second Team), and Meagan McClelland (Third Team) all earned All-Big Ten honors. Riley Tiernan, Kylie Daigle and Kassidy Banks were selected to the All-Freshman Team, while Shea Holland was tabbed the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient for Rutgers.
Head Coach Mike O’Neill earned Coach of the Year accolades. In his eighth season at the helm, O’Neill guided the program in setting a plethora of records, picking up his 100th career victory along the way. A full release on the awards can be found here.
ON THE ATTACK | A total of 18 different Scarlet Knights have contributed to scoring this year. RU has outscored opponents 53-12 on the year, including 13 different goal scorers, 11 multi-goal contributors, and 52 team assists.
Frankie Tagliaferri leads the squad with 31 points (12g, 7a) on the season. Amirah Ali follows with 21 points (8g, 5a) of her own while Riley Tiernan owns 18 points (4g, 10a). Allison Lowrey (5g, 4a) has notched 14 points, Sam Kroeger (5g, 3a) and Sara Brocious (4g, 5a) each own 13 points to round out the double-digit point contributors.
Rutgers ranks sixth in the nation in scoring offense with 2.94 goals per game across 18 matches. The Scarlet Knights lead the Big Ten and are top 10 in the nation in total goals (5th -53), total assists (7th – 52), and total points (5th – 158). Tiernan ranks 16th in the NCAA with 10 assists, while Tagliaferri ranks 16th with 31 total points.
SHUTOUT SOCCER | The Scarlet Knights have registered 10 shutouts this season, including six against Big Ten opponents. Rutgers has held six of 11 conference opponents to eight shots or less overall in each matchup, as well as all 11 to seven or less shots on goal. Overall, RU has held eight opponents to three or less shots on goal. Dating back to 2019, RU has held 46 straight opponents to single-digit shots on goal in each match.
BIG TEN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK | Rutgers claimed 13 conference weekly awards this regular season, the most in a single season for the program. The honors have included Offensive honors for Frankie Tagliferri (8/31) and Amirah Ali (10/26), Defensive accolades for Gabby Provenzano (9/7 & 9/28), Becci Fluchel (9/21 & 10/12) and Allison Lynch (10/5 & 10/26), Goalkeeper honors for Meagan McClelland (10/26) and Freshman recognition for Riley Tiernan (8/31, 10/12 & 10/19) and Kassidy Banks (9/21).
MAC HERMANN TROPHY | Seniors Amirah Ali and Frankie Tagliaferri are named to the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. The trophy is awarded to the National Player of the Year. It marks the first time two Scarlet Knights have been added to the list in the same season.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD | Seniors Gabby Provenzano and Frankie Tagliafferi are named 2021 Senior CLASS Award candidates. The award recognizes student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. It marks the second straight year RU has had a candidate for the Award, as classmate Amirah Ali was named a finalist and First Team selection in 2020-21.
Tagliaferri was tabbed one of 10 finalist for the award. Nationwide fan voting is now open to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 22. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2021 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.
IN THE RANKINGS | Rutgers is ranked in the Top 25 for the 12th straight week of the year and seventh consecutive in the Top 10, making the jump to 4th in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll. The No. 4 ranking matches the highest ranking in program history, earning two first place votes this week. The Scarlet Knights come in at No. 3 in the most recent RPI rankings of the season. RU is also ranked No. 5 by Top Drawer Soccer.
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