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No. 22 Rutgers women’s soccer defeats Purdue with a golden goal in overtime

Nneka Moneme scored her third game winner of the season.
Rich Graessle/Rutgers Athletics

The biggest question regarding the Rutgers women’s soccer team at the start of this season was could they establish a second goal scoring threat to pair with All-American juniior Amirah Ali? Classmate Nneka Moneme has provided that answer, as her seventh goal of the season and third game winner was the difference Thursday night against Purdue at Yurcak Field.

After a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation, it took just 27 seconds into overtime for Moneme to put the ball in the back of the net off a great lead pass from Chantelle Swaby to secure the victory for Rutgers.

This was a huge win for no. 22 Rutgers, who improved to 11-2-2 overall and 5-2-1 in Big Ten play. The loss dropped Purdue to 6-7-3 overall and 2-5-2 in conference action.

The Scarlet Knights are now 4-1-2 in overtime games this season and 14-1-17 in its last 32 matches.

Rutgers held a 13-8 shot advantage, while Purdue held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Meagan McClelland made one save to record her ninth shutout of the season, as the Scarlet Knights have allowed just 9 goals in 15 contests this season.

Sunday will mark the final home game of the regular season for Rutgers, who will honor an accomplished senior class that includes nine players, as well as the 1984 team, the first in program history. They’ll take on Indiana (7-6-2; 3-3-2) at 1 p.m. at Yurcak Field.