Rutgers Women’s Soccer Heading Back to the NCAA Tournament
Women’s soccer is on its way back to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th consecutive year when it plays host to Brown at Yurcak Field on November 12 at 6 p.m. in Piscataway.
The news continues Rutgers’ longstanding tradition of sending women’s soccer to the big dance, which it has now done for the 13th time in the last 15 years, and 17th time overall.
Should Rutgers defeat Brown and advance to the second round, they would face the winner of USC vs. UC Irvine, which would take place in Alabama.
Coming off their historic run to the Final Four last year, Rutgers opened the 2022 season at 9-0 en route to a 13-4-2 regular season. Rutgers was knocked out of the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament by Northwestern by a narrow 2-1 margin.
In addition six players from the 2022 squad received Big Ten All Conference Awards: Sophomore Emily Mason earns her first All-Conference nod with a spot on the First Team for defenders. Junior Sara Brocious is Second Team for midfielders. Juniors Sam Kroeger and Allison Lowrey, along with sophomore Riley Tiernan, have been named Third Team All-Big Ten for forwards, and junior Emma Misal earns a spot on the Third Team for defenders.
Moreover, “Rutgers heads back to the NCAA Tournament with proven experience, with nine starters and 17 letterwinners back from the 2021 run to the Final Four. Included in that group is the most experienced goalkeeper in NCAA history, Meagan McClelland, who set the national all-time record in minutes played this season with 9,392:27, and counting, heading into the tournament,” Rutgers Athletics.
Rutgers outscored its opponents this year 42-16, and allowed less than a goal a game at 0.84. Goalie Megan McClelland pitched eight shutouts during the year, and recorded 48 saves in net.
Offensively, Allison Lowrey and Samantha Kroeger led the team with seven goals a piece. Sara Brocious and Kylie Daigle each had five goals and seven assists during the season.