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Rutgers women’s soccer has six players earn All-Big Ten honors

Amirah Ali was named to the First team for a second consecutive season.

(Ben Solomon/Rutgers Athletics)

A day after the 16th ranked Rutgers women’s soccer team claimed the no. 2 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, which begins this Sunday, the program had six players earn all-conference honors for their regular season performances. Junior forward Amirah Ali was named to the First Team, senior defender Amanda Visco, junior forward Nneka Moneme and sophomore goalkeeper Meagan McClelland were named to the Second Team, while senior midfielder Taylor Aylmer and senior defender Chantelle Swaby were named to the Third Team. Aylmer was also the Sportsmanship Award honoree for Rutgers.

Ali made the All-Big Ten First Team for the second consecutive season, scoring 9 goals and registering 4 assists for 22 points. Moneme, earning her first All-Big Ten honor, finished the season with a flurry and had 11 goals and 1 assist for 23 points. That placed Moneme third and Ali fourth in the Big Ten in total points this season. They combined to score 10 game winning goals between them (Moneme 6, Ali 4).

Visco, a captain, was the leader of a defense that produced 11 shutouts and has a 0.58 goals against average. She also scored two goals this season, including the game winner over a ranked Iowa team at the time. McClelland followed up her Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors last season by making the Second Team in 2019. She currently ranks third in the nation in shutouts and 24th in goals against average.

Aylmer led Rutgers with 9 assists, which was tied for the most in the Big Ten. The two time captain caps her collegiate career with Third Team honors after being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2016. Swaby earned her third straight All-Big Ten honors after being a key member for Jamaica in last summer’s World Cup.

For a complete list of Big Ten honors for women’s soccer, click here.

The Scarlet Knights finished the regular season with a 14-2-2 record and a 8-2-1 mark for a second place finish in Big Ten play. They’ll 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. For more on the entire bracket, click here.