26 Oct No. 6 Women’s Soccer Hosts Wisconsin in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals Sunday
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers women’s soccer opens the 2021 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 1 seed, hosting No. 8 seed Wisconsin on Sunday, Oct. 31. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Yurcak Field and will stream live on B1G+.
The Scarlet Knights won the outright Big Ten Championship, the first in program history, with an undefeated record of 10-0 in league play this season. Rutgers total regular season of 15 victories marked a program-record total.
“Being Big Ten champions is such a good feeling. We took it one game at a time, stuck together and stayed on top of the table. Everyone worked so hard and never gave up. It’s so exciting to be part of something so special, but we aren’t done yet. The most important game of the season is the next one and I can’t wait to keep playing with my favorite group of people,” said freshman back Emma Misal.
“I’m beyond proud of this team and everything that we have accomplished this season, but we aren’t done yet. We still have so much left to play for and I’m excited to see what we can achieve in the postseason,” said freshman back Kassidy Banks.
“Our goal heading into the Big Ten Tournament is to keep our focus and take it one game at a time. We are really focused in on working on the small details and habits within our game to continue to be successful as we head into tournament play. We are continuously learning from our games and training sessions and are looking to make some more history for Rutgers Soccer,” said senior captain Nicole Binkley.
THIS WEEK’S QUICK KICKS
WATCH AND LISTEN | Sunday’s quarterfinal match will be streamed live on B1G+ accompanied by live stats available at ScarletKnights.com. WRSU (88.7 FM) will broadcast the game as well.
FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING | The Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal game 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 | Rutgers (15-2, 10-0) capped a perfect league record with two road shutouts to close the regular season. The Scarlet Knights first topped the Indiana Hoosiers in a 2-0 victory, securing the outright Big Ten title. RU concluded the season with a 3-0 win at Illinois, hoisting the trophy with the program’s first ever undefeated conference season.
Amirah Ali earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after leading the team with six points, including the game winner against Indiana and a career-high two goals at Illinois. Frankie Tagliaferri and sophomore forward Allison Lowrey each added a goal against the Hoosiers and Fighting Illini, respectively.
Defensively, RU held both opponents to four or less shots on goal. Allison Lynch was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, contributing an assist at Indiana. Meagan McClelland notched five saves in net, recording her first career assist to earn Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week accolades.
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 52-12 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) has posted 13 points, and Sara Brocious (3g, 5a) owns 11 points to round out the double-digit point contributors.
Rutgers ranks sixth in the nation in scoring offense with 3.06 goals per game across 17 matches. The Scarlet Knights lead the Big Ten and are top four in the nation in total goals (4th -52), total assists (4th – 52), and total points (3rd – 156). Tiernan ranks 10th in the NCAA with 10 assists, while Tagliaferri ranks 10th with 31 total points.
SHUTOUT SOCCER | The Scarlet Knights have registered nine shutouts this season, including five in Big Ten action. Rutgers has held six of 10 conference opponents to eight shots or less overall in each matchup, as well as all 10 to six or less shots on goal. Dating back to 2019, RU has held 45 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.
IN THE RANKINGS | Rutgers is ranked in the Top 25 for the 11th straight week of the year and sixth consecutive in the Top 10, climbing to 6th in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll. RU is also ranked No. 7 by Top Drawer Soccer. The Scarlet Knights come in at No. 5 in the most recent RPI rankings of the season.
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