The 16th ranked Rutgers women’s soccer team finished the regular season with a 14-2-2 record and a 8-2-1 mark in Big Ten play. That has earned them the no. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which kicks off this Sunday, November 3rd. The official bracket and Quarterfinal matchups were announced on Wednesday night. no. The 7th ranked Wisconsin Badgers (14-2-2; 10-0-1) won the regular season title and are the top seed.
The Scarlet Knights will host no. 7 seed Indiana (8-8-2; 4-5-2) this Sunday at noon at Yurcak Field. RU defeated the Hoosiers 1-0 in overtime at home on October 21st.
As hosts of this year’s conference tournament, Rutgers’ path to the school’s first ever Big Ten title takes place exclusively at Yurcak Field. While the rematch against Indiana will not be easy, if Rutgers can advance, they’ll face the winner of no. 3 seed Michigan (13-4-1; 8-2-1) vs. no. 6 Maryland (9-7-3; 5-5-1). The Scarlet Knights defeated the 20th ranked Wolverines 1-0 in Ann Arbor last week, while having lost at home to Maryland 2-1 in late September.
Rutgers enters the postseason playing its best soccer of the season having gone 7-0-1 in its last eight games. They are led by juniors Amirah Ali, who has 9 goals and 4 assists for 22 points, and Nneka Moneme, who has a team best 11 goals, including five in her last four games. Senior Brittany LaPlant has also played well, scoring 3 goals and registering 6 assists this season. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing just 0.58 goals per game and goalkeeper Meagan McClelland and has 11 clean sheets this season.
Later on Thursday, six Rutgers players earned All-Big Ten honors.
Head Coach Mike O’Neil joins host Lance Glinn to talk about the road ahead on the On The Banks podcast, which drops Friday morning.
Here is the full bracket for the 2019 Big Ten women’s soccer Tournament.