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Olympic Sports: women's soccer had a slip (or two) and the others had a rough week. Read on.

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Women's Soccer

Two losses and the polls make you pay the price.  After opening the season 8-0 and not allowing a goal, the Knights went on the road in conference play, allowed three goals, and saw their rankings drop.  After a scoreless first half, the Illini scored two goals, sandwiched around a Cassie Inacio goal, leaving RU on the short end of the score.  Goalie Casey Murphy had four saves.

The pain continued on Sunday as the Knights dropped a 1-0 score to Northwestern (9-1-2, 3-0-1 Big Ten).

Results and Upcoming schedule

09/24/15 at Illinois * TV Champaign, Ill. L, 2-1
09/27/15 at Northwestern * Bridgeview, Ill. L, 1-0
10/02/15 vs. Michigan State * Yurcak Field 7:00 p.m. ET
10/04/15 vs. Michigan * Yurcak Field 1:00 p.m. ET

Men's Soccer

Following a great win on the road at Indiana, the men returned home, dropping a 3-1 game to MSU.  The Spartans capitalized early, taking a 2-0 lead in the game's first seven minutes. Ryan Sierakowski put away his first goal of the game in the fourth minute taking a rebound off a saved shot by Michael Marcantogini into the left corner. Three minutes later, Sierakowski sent a cross to the center of the box for Ken Krolicki to find the back of the RU net.  Sophomore Miles Hackett tallied the lone RU goal.  Dave Greczek made five saves in goal for the Knights.

Results and Upcoming schedule

09/25/15 vs. Michigan State * Piscataway, N.J. L, 3-1
09/29/15 vs. Loyola (Md.) Piscataway, N.J. 7:00 p.m. ET
10/03/15 vs. Penn State * Piscataway, N.J. 7:00 p.m. ET

Field Hockey

The team dropped to 5-4 on the season, 0-3 in B1G play.  If there is any consolation, all the losses have been to ranked teams, the Wildcats ranked 14 at the time and the Wolverines 18.  In assessing the team's performance, coach Meredith Civico was frank.  "As we go forward in Big Ten play, every team that we play is going to be physical and aggressive.  I thought we didn't respond well to the pressure today (against Michigan). We need to look at these two games this weekend and find a way to rise above the pressure and play our game."

Results and Upcoming schedule

09/25/15 vs. Northwestern * Piscataway, N.J. L, 5-1
09/27/15 vs. Michigan * TV Piscataway, N.J. L, 2-0
10/02/15 at Michigan State * East Lansing, Mich. 3:00 p.m. ET
10/03/15 vs. Ohio East Lansing, Mich. 2:30 p.m. ET

Volleyball

RU dropped to an overall mark of 3-11 and an 0-2 record in Big Ten play after dropping two 3-0 matches at home.

Despite a valiant effort on the court, the Rutgers women's volleyball team dropped its Big Ten opener to Northwestern on Friday night at the College Ave. Gym. The Scarlet Knights were topped by the Wildcats by scores of 25-23, 25-15 and 25-20.

The Scarlet Knights were led by juniors Lauren Cloyd and Cole Trimble. Senior setter Anna Sudbury put up 25 assists to lead the team.

Against No. 9 Illinois, sophomore outside Meme Fletcher led Rutgers with 11 kills and 11 digs, marking her fourth double-double of the season. Junior outside Micaela Anderson also added double-digits in the kills' column with 10. Senior setter Anna Sudbury paced the team with 25 assists in the loss.

Results and Upcoming schedule

09/25/15 vs. Northwestern * College Ave. Gym L, 3-0
09/26/15 vs. #9 Illinois * College Ave. Gym L, 3-0
10/02/15 at Purdue * TV West Lafayette, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
10/03/15 at Indiana Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET

Men's Golf

After shooting a 302 in the second round on Monday, the Rutgers men's golf team is currently tied for sixth with an overall scorecard of 598 (296-302) at the Badger Invitational in Madison.

Miami (Ohio) leads the field after day two with an eight-under-par 568 (278-290). Kansas remains in second with a seven-under-par 569 (283-286).

After shooting a one-under-par 71 in the first round on Sunday, sophomore Toks Pedro led the Scarlet Knights for the second straight day, carding a two-under-par 70 in the second round. The performance puts him tied for fifth in the overall field.

Senior Jonathan Chang improved during the second round, producing a one-over-par 73, making him tied for 20th overall. Sophomore Jack Panagos also moved within the top-30 of competitors, registering a 75 scorecard to finish day two tied for 27th.

We will have final results from the meet on Thursday in Knight Caps.

Tennis

The Rutgers women's tennis team concluded competition at the Brown Invitational on Sunday with junior Farris Cunningham finishing in second place of her respective draw.  Competing in the Black draw, Cunningham delivered a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory against Arielle Griffin of UMass in the first round of the bracket. Cunningham then advanced to the finals, losing in the championship match, 6-1,6-1, to St. John's Jaide Collins to finish second in the field.

Senior Gina Li finished third in the Brown draw, delivering a 7-5, 5-7, (10-5) win against St. John's Anna Morozova to secure third place.  Li also captured her opening-round match with a 7-5, 7-6 result over Brown's Hannah Camhi.

In doubles play, Li and senior Mariam Zein went 2-1 in the Bear doubles draw.