The no. 22 Rutgers women’s soccer team completed a sweep of Big Ten foes from the Hoosier State this past weekend, defeating Indiana 1-0 in overtime on Sunday afternoon. They did the same on Thursday night against Purdue. Both games took place at Yurcak Field and the two golden goals came off the foot of Nneka Moneme.
What was a light rain in the first half turned into a driving rainstorm during the second half and the field conditions were a factor. However, Rutgers was dominating play and held a 15-4 shot advantage at the end of regulation. Still, it was a scoreless game entering overtime.
Rutgers came through in the clutch once again and it was Moneme for the second time in four days who won the game with a golden goal. It came in the 93rd minute and was assisted on by Taylor Aylmer, who served the ball into the box of a set piece, and Shea Holland who set up Moneme.
It was the eighth goal of the season for Moneme, tying Amirah Ali for the team high, and her fourth game winner this fall. It was Holland’s first career assist, while Aylmer notched her team best seventh assist.
Goalkeeper Meagan McClelland made one save on the day, picking up her tenth shutout of the season. Credit Indiana goalkeeper Bethany Kopel, who made five saves in the loss but kept the game scoreless in regulation.
It was homecoming weekend at Rutgers and the first team in program history was honored.
In addition, it was senior day as the last home game of the regular season and the nine players were honored before the opening whistle.
We ❤️ R Seniors! Thank you to Taylor Aylmer, Carina Hendley, Megan Katona, Brittany LaPlant, Jenna Sayers, Brianna Starr, Chantelle Swaby, Amanda Visco, Tiernny Wiltshire for all you’ve done for this program!#ForeverRutgers #ForeverFamily pic.twitter.com/Yu6iPaRzkH— RutgersWomensSoccer (@RUWSoccer) October 20, 2019
The Scarlet Knights are now 4-1-2 in overtime matches this season and 15-1-17 in their past 33 OT contests overall. They also finished the regular season record of 9-2 at Yurcak Field.
Rutgers improved to 12-2-2 overall and 6-2-1 in Big Ten play, while Indiana dropped to 7-7-2 overall and 3-4-2 in conference action. The Scarlet Knights sit in fourth place in the Big Ten entering the final weekend of the regular season. However, third place Penn State, who have won five straight games since they lost to Rutgers, only has one game remaining and RU takes on the second place team thus coming weekend on the road.
The Scarlet Knights travel to face Michigan (12-3-1; 7-1-1) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Ann Arbor and they’ll finish the regular season at Michigan State (8-7-1; 1-6-1) on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. If Rutgers can finish in fourth place or better, they’ll guarantee playing at home for the entire Big Ten Tournament, as they are hosts of the semifinals and championship game this year.