Rutgers Women’s Soccer Sets Best Start in Program History
Celebration time! Rutgers Women's Soccer set the program record for best start to a season at 9-0. Photo Rutgers Athletics.
OFFICIAL RUTGERS PRESS RELEASE:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – No. 4 Rutgers women’s soccer made history on Sunday in a 2-0 victory over No. 21 Ohio State (5-2-1) at Yurcak Field in its 2022 Big Ten opener, becoming the only team in program history to start a season 9-0-0.
. “We set these goals at the beginning of the year. We were proud of going undefeated out of conference, but we always say conference play is a new slate. We came out knowing what we did last year, knowing how much more we can do, and we have so much faith in ourselves. We are proud, but excited to see what else we can do.”
On a day where the program celebrated its former players, teams, and the 50th anniversary of Title IX on Alumni Day, the present Scarlet Knights gave a nod to their predecessors by doing something never done “On the Banks.” Nine matches to start a campaign. Nine wins. “It’s a great feeling,” said junior midfielder
scored in the game’s 6th minute, which went down as her third game-winning goal of the season as the Rutgers defense and goalkeeper Meagan McClelland
recorded the shutout of the nationally ranked Buckeyes. The RU defense allowed just two shots on target all game, but Sara Brocious
still bought some insurance in the 55th with her second goal of the season. Lowrey’s team-leading sixth tally of the year came early and came from a Brocious through ball that sprung a breakaway. Lowrey calmly tucked it away on the one-on-one attempt with the Ohio State keeper for the 1-0 lead. Brocious completed her three-point day with a score in the 55th, another breakaway shot finished thanks to the ball played ahead by Kylie Daigle
Gia Girman, Adriana Kuryla, and Giana Romano placed the other shots on target in the win. McClelland made two saves for her fourth shutout of the season. Becci Fluchel, Allison Lynch, and Emily Mason played all 90 minutes in the shutout, while Kassidy Banks turned in 81 minutes for Rutgers in the clean sheet.
Rutgers outshot Ohio State, 20-12, and 5-2 in shots on goal. An aggressive Rutgers attack was flagged for eight offsides calls, while the RU defense turned away four Ohio State corner kicks. Rutgers’