Official Rutgers Press Release:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Amirah Ali of Rutgers women’s soccer has been nominated for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. One of the most decorated athletes in program history and of equal stature in the classroom and community, Ali was also recently named the Rutgers Bauer Athlete of the Year.
Ali led Rutgers to the 2021 Big Ten Conference Championship while going undefeated at 10-0 in league play for the first Big Ten title in program and school history. The captain then guided the Scarlet Knights to the 2021 College Cup, marking RU’s second appearance in the Final Four and first since 2015. She became the program’s first four-time All-American while registering career single-season highs in points (30), goals (12), and assists (6) in 2021. Also the first five-time All-Region honoree in RU history, Ali posted three goals, an assist, and a game-winner during the program’s 2021 run to the College Cup semifinals.
The Voorhees, New Jersey native earned all-Big Ten First Team honors for the fourth consecutive year, earning All-Conference honors for the fifth time in her career. Overall, she leads the Rutgers career charts in matches played (100), matches started (99), game-winning goals (17) and golden goals (9). She ranks third on the all-time charts in points (107) and goals (44), as well as eighth in assists (19).
Ali was named candidate for the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the National Player of the Year. She earned a spot on the list for the third straight year, having been named a semifinalist in 2019 and 2020. Ali adds a fourth All-America nod to a resume of five All-Region, five All-Big Ten, two Big Ten All-Tournament Team, Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and 2017 Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades.
In the classroom, she earned a degree in criminal justice while making Academic All-Big Ten and Dean’s List. Ali also adds 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award Finalist and First Team Selection, along with a United Soccer Coaches College Player Award of Distinction, to her list of achievements.