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Rutgers Women's Soccer: Tops #6 PSU; how high do they rise?

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A stunning win over over 6th ranked Penn State in Happy Valley! The # 20/10 women could move up in the rankings....a lot!

Sophomore Madison Tiernan scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over PSU
Sophomore Madison Tiernan scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over PSU
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UPDATE:

The Women's Soccer team is ranked #14 in the National Soccer Coaches Association poll,  released 10/14.

Their record stands at 10-1-1, 6-1-1 Big Ten.  And in the Big Ten standings.....

Conference Overall
W-L-T % Pts. W-L-T %
Penn State 7-1-0 .875 21 12-2-0 .857
Michigan 7-1-0 .875 21 11-3-0 .786
Rutgers 6-1-1 .813 19 10-1-1 .875
Wisconsin 5-2-1 .688 16 11-2-1 .821
Iowa 4-3-1 .563 13 9-4-1 .679
Minnesota 4-3-1 .563 13 7-6-1 .536
Illinois 4-3-0 .571 12 9-4-0 .692
Maryland 3-2-3 .563 12 5-4-4 .539
Ohio State 2-4-2 .375 8 5-7-2 .429
Purdue 2-7-0 .222 6 6-8-1 .433
Nebraska 1-5-2 .250 5 5-7-2 .429
Michigan State 1-5-1 .214 4 7-5-1 .577
Northwestern 1-5-1 .214 4 5-6-2 .462
Indiana 1-7-1 .167 4 5-9-1 .367
Updated through games of October 11.

As Rutgers' entry into the Big Ten approached, posters and writers from other SB Nation blogs would ask, what sports will you do well in?  Almost without hesitation, women's soccer was put up as a standard bearer.  And they haven't disappointed.

This past week, it was sophomore Madison Tiernan scoring the lone goal for the Knights, enough to stun PSU at State College, 1-0, before a crowd of 1651.  The Nitty Kitties had been averaging almost three goals per game before freshman goalkeeper Casey Murphy shut out the home-standing Lions.  It was Rutgers' first win over a top-10 opponent since 2008.

Head Coach Mike O'Neill was pleased with his team's performance. "We always talk about the next game being the biggest game, and that’s what it was. Playing Penn State, we know that they’re very well coached and a nationally recognized program. It was a tight game, but it was important for us to get three points. We stayed focused on the task at hand and now we just have to stay humble and hungry. It was a good team effort with good team defending – a total team effort."

The National Soccer Coaches Association's new rankings come out on October 14.

Upcoming for Women's Soccer:
10/17/14 vs. Illinois * Yurcak Field 7:00 p.m. ET
10/19/14 vs. Northwestern * Yurcak Field 1:00 p.m. ET