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Official press release from the Big Ten and Rutgers Athletics 

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Rutgers women’s soccer has been voted to repeat as Big Ten Conference champions, coming in a first-place tie with Penn State in the 2022 Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll released on Monday. The poll marks the first time in Rutgers Athletics history a Scarlet Knight team has been picked No. 1, and it also marks the first time in conference history the women’s soccer preseason poll resulted in a tie for the top spot.

The Scarlet Knights are coming off the first Big Ten title in program and school history in 2021 after going a perfect 10-0 during the regular season. Three returners from that squad have been honored as 2022 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Players to Watch: Graduate student goalkeeper Meagan McClelland, junior midfielder Sara Brocious, and sophomore forward Riley Tiernan.McClelland earned All-Big Ten Third Team and All-Region Third Team honors in 2021 after protecting the net on the run to the NCAA Women’s College Cup. In the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight match against TCU, she made eight saves before saving three consecutive penalties and scoring one of her own in the victorious shootout. In another shootout in the next round against Arkansas, McClelland saved a PK and scored another to punch the Scarlet Knights’ ticket to the Final Four. The goalkeeper recorded 13 shutouts and 83 saves on the year, including five clean sheets against league opponents in the run to the conference title. She maintained a 0.67 GAA in net, helping RU extend its streak to eight straight seasons registering a GAA of 0.77 or less. Brocious started in all 25 matches during the 2021 College Cup season, ranking fifth on the squad with 14 points on four goals and six assists while playing 1,976 minutes, coming in second among field players on the team last fall. Finding a knack for clutch situations, Brocious provided an assist in the 2-2 overtime win over Arkansas in the NCAA quarterfinals, and scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Wisconsin that clinched the Big Ten title.

Tiernan was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the ECAC Rookie of the Year, and a United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team selection following a breakout first year “On the Banks” featuring 29 points on eight goals and a team-best 13 assists, which marked a new program record for a single season. The Voorhees, New Jersey native also garnered All-Big Ten First Team and Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors while sparking an offense that outscored opponents 64-17 on the year, which ended in the program’s second College Cup appearance in seven years.

 Tiernan started in all 25 matches during the College Cup season, including all 10 regular season conference games that led to a perfect 10-0 record and the school’s first-ever Big Ten title. She passed out five assists in Big Ten matches, which was tied for first in the conference in 2021. Rutgers returns nine starters and 17 letterwinners from the 2021 College Cup squad. Led by a program-high nine All-Big Ten selections, the team advanced to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game for the third time since joining the league. In its 10th straight NCAA Tournament and first as a No. 1 seed, the team advanced to the College Cup for the second time and first time since 2015. Overall, a plethora of new program records were set by the squad, including total wins, goals, assists, points, winning streak, and more. 2022 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL1. (tie) Rutgers    (tie) Penn State3. Michigan4. Wisconsin5. Ohio State6. Michigan State7. Purdue8. Iowa9. Minnesota10. Indiana11. Northwestern12. Nebraska13. Maryland14. Illinois 2022 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS TO WATCH LISTAshley Cathro, R-Sr., D, IllinoisEileen Murphy, Sr., D, IllinoisKendra Pasquale, R-Sr., M, IllinoisJamie Gerstenberg, So., GK, IndianaJordyn Levy, So., F, IndianaArianna Rose, Fr., D, IndianaSamantha Cary, Sr., D, IowaKenzie Roling, So., F, IowaHailey Rydberg, Grad., M, IowaMalikae Dayes, Grad., F, MarylandMikayla Dayes, Grad., F, MarylandJuliana Lynch, Jr., M, MarylandHannah Blake, Sr., M, MichiganLily Farkas, Sr., M, MichiganAvery Kalitta, So., M, MichiganRuby Diodati, Grad., D, Michigan StateLauren Kozal, R-Sr., GK, Michigan StateSamantha White, Grad., D, Michigan StateSophia Boman, Jr., M, MinnesotaIzzy Brown, Sr., F, MinnesotaMegan Platschko, Sr., GK, MinnesotaEleanor Dale, Jr., F, NebraskaReagan Raabe, Jr., M, NebraskaSarah Weber, So., F, NebraskaJosie Aulicino, Jr., M, NorthwesternMeg Boade, Jr., F, NorthwesternAurea del Carmen, Sr., M, NorthwesternTalani Barnett, Grad., D, Ohio StateKayla Fischer, Grad., F, Ohio StateSydney Jones, So., D, Ohio StatePenelope Hocking, Grad., F, Penn StatePayton Linnehan, Sr., F, Penn StateAlly Schlegel, R-Sr., F, Penn StateSydney Duarte, Grad., M, PurdueGracie Dunaway, So., F, PurdueEmily Mathews, Jr., M, PurdueSara Brocious, Jr., M, RutgersMeagan McClelland, Grad., GK, RutgersRiley Tiernan, So., F, RutgersEmma Jaskaniec, Sr., M, WisconsinAidan McConnell, So., D, WisconsinNatalie Viggiano, Grad., M, Wisconsin