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Mike O'Neill's team is one of only two teams in Division 1 that have yet to be scored on....good things are happening! And we look at the rest of the fall sports, too.

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Women's Soccer

They are 7-0 and ranked No. 19 in the country.  They beat another Top 25 team over the weekend.  They have yet to allow a goal, setting a program record for scoreless minutes.  This is good stuff.

With a solid 2-0 win over UConn on Sunday, the women put themselves in a position to move up in the rankings.  And with the Big Ten schedule set to open on Friday on the road at Maryland, they are ready to roll.

"We're proud of anything we accomplish, from what we do in training to what we do in games," said head coach Mike O'Neill. "The fact that we made a little bit of history today is very special. They're a very special group."

The Knights topped the Huskies with goals from senior defender Erica Skroski and sophomore forward Colby Ciarrocca, to improve to 7-0 for the first time in program history.

Results and Upcoming Schedule

9/13/15 vs. No. 20 UConn Yurcak Field W, 2-0
9/18/15 at Maryland * College Park, Md. 7:00 p.m. ET

Time is of the essence, so the rest of this for this week is going to be quick and dirty.  Here we go:

Field Hockey

After a blip on their record, a close loss to No. 9, Virginia, the women have put together another mini-winning streak, bring their season record to 4-1.

Alyssa Bull and Nicole Imbriaco each scored two goals and Sofia Walia added another for Rutgers as the Scarlet  controlled the game against Villanova last Friday.  They ended up outshooting the Wildcats 25-8.  In the Saturday contest, Rutgers rallied in the second half, closing out in-state foe Monmouth for a 4-2 victory. Four different players scored for Rutgers on the day, including the first collegiate goal for Jade Dixon and Caitlin Nitschmann. Alyssa Bull also scored her first goal of the season, and Katie Champion added an insurance tally to seal the victory.

Results and Upcoming Schedule

9/09/15 vs. Monmouth N.J. Piscataway, N.J. W, 4-2
9/11/15 vs. Villanova Piscataway, N.J. W, 5-2
9/18/15 at Iowa * TV Iowa City, Iowa 4:00 p.m. ET
9/19/15 vs. Missouri State Iowa City, Iowa 2:00 p.m. ET


Men's Soccer

RU opened its Big Ten schedule with a gut-wrenching double overtime loss to Wisconsin. The Badgers' last second shot hit the crossbar and bounced into net as the Scarlet Knights fell, 1-0.

The Scarlet Knights, who were playing in the their Big Ten opener, fell to 2-2 on the season, while the Badgers earned their first win of the year and improved to 1-4 overall.

"It's a heartbreaker. At the end of the day, this happens sometimes, not very often. We played incredibly well the entire game," said head coach Dan Donigan. "There were portions of the game we had them on their backs and I thought it was just going to be a matter of time. Unfortunately, give Wisconsin credit, they battled and defended well to the very last second."

Results and Upcoming Schedule

9/11/15 vs. Wisconsin * Piscataway, N.J. L, 1-0 (2OT)
9/16/15 at Monmouth West Long Branch, N.J. 7:00 p.m. ET
9/20/15 at Indiana * TV Bloomington, Ind. 3:00 p.m. ET


Cross Country

The Rutgers women's cross country team tied for the top spot in the seven-team Monmouth Cross Country Invitational and senior Paige Senatore won the individual title to open up the 2015 season on Saturday at Holmdel Park. Overall, three Scarlet Knights were among the 5K race's top 10 finishers.

"It was a solid opener and first competitive opportunity of the season. It's always great to see your front runners win the race and run personal best times," said assistant Coach Marina Muncan. "We have a lot of work to do and look to keep improving as the season continues."

Both Rutgers and host Monmouth accumulated 39 points to tie for first place. The Scarlet Knights have won the Monmouth Invitational title in three of the last four seasons.  Senatore captured first place with a finish line time of 18:07.8 for her second Monmouth Invitational title.

On the men's side, Rutgers finished second at the Fordham Fiasco on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The Scarlet Knights completed the event with a team time of 2:16.06.

"It was a good start to the season for our team," head coach Mike Mulqueen said. "We ran well as a team with only one minute separating our top-seven runners. We ran much faster today than in this same race last year."

In his first collegiate race, freshman Conor Murphy led RU with a fifth-place finish of 26:44.32. Classmate Dominick Munson (27:06.96) finished seventh overall in the field, while junior Nicholas Price (eighth 27:21.54) and sophomores Trent Brinkofski (ninth, 27:25.19) and Luke Wiley (10th, 27.28.84) all placed within the top-10.

Golf

The Rutgers men's golf team finished second with a six-over-par 858 (284-285-289) scorecard Saturday afternoon at the Rutgers Invitational.  Towson captured the team title with a 14-under-par 838 (277-283-278).  Sophomore Matt Holuta led the first team with a T-seventh score of 212 (71-71-70), completing the tournament with a -1 scorecard. Holuta recorded a first-team low of 70 in the third round for RU. Senior Louis Bodine competing with the second team, also finished seventh with a 212 (72-71-69), scoring a hole-in-one on the 11th hole during the third round.

Rutgers women's golf placed second with a 906 total (308-298-300) total at the Third Annual Diane Thomason Invitational, played Saturday and Sunday at Finkbine Golf Course. Senior co-captain Racquel Zurick paced the Scarlet Knights, carding a 226 (77-75-74) to finish tied for eighth in the 70-player field to earn all-tournament honors.  Host Iowa claimed the team title, carding a final round 290 (+2) on Sunday to finish with an 888 (298-300-290) total.

RU bettered its position with each round at the 12-team competition. The Scarlet Knights improved from fifth to fourth place after round two before ultimately moving two positions on the final day of the event. It marked the best tournament finish for RU since also finishing second in both the Rutgers Invitational and St. John's Intercollegiate last October.

Volleyball

Senior defensive specialist Ali Schroeter made history on Saturday as she became Rutgers' all-time career digs leader, however it was not enough to guide the Rutgers volleyball team to victory in its final two matches at the Colgate Classic at Cotterell Court.

Schroeter brought her career digs total to 1,358, claiming the number spot in the career record books. The senior surpasses former Scarlet Knight Shayla Bush, who racked up 1,344 digs from 2000-03.

On the day, the Scarlet Knights dropped a pair of four-set matches to Albany and Yale at Cotterell Court. RU moved to an overall record of 2-7, while Albany improved to 4-4 and Yale improved to 4-2.

Results and Upcoming Schedule

Colgate Classic
9/11/15 at Colgate Hamilton, N.Y. W, 3-0
9/12/15 vs. Albany Hamilton, N.Y. L, 3-1
vs. Yale Hamilton, N.Y. L, 3-1
Rutgers Invitational
9/18/15 vs. Howard TV College Ave. Gym 12:30 p.m. ET
vs. Princeton TV College Ave. Gym 7:00 p.m. ET
9/19/15 vs. Duquesne TV College Ave. Gym 1:00 p.m. ET