It’s been a busy couple of weeks and Big Ten play is in full swing for all of the fall sports. In an effort to get you caught up with several Rutgers programs, here is an update on recent results.
The Scarlet Knights ended a two game losing streak with a double overtime victory against rival Penn State on the road Thursday night, which we recapped the game here. On Sunday afternoon, they continued to get back on track with a 2-0 victory over Northwestern (4-6-2; 2-2-1). Nneke Moneme and Brittany LaPlant each scored, while goalkeeper Meagan McClelland made three saves for her seventh shutout of the season. They are now 9-2-1 overall and 3-2 in Big Ten play this season so far. They’ll head on the road to play at Iowa (12-2; 4-2) and at Nebraska (3-8-2; 2-4-0) next weekend.
After an impressive 6-0-2 start to the season, Rutgers has come back to earth now, having lost three straight Big Ten games. On Sunday, they lost a hard fought 1-0 contest to Ohio State (6-4-1; 1-2-1). The Buckeyes scored on a header in the 72nd minute to secure the victory. This game followed losses to Michigan State ten days ago(2-6-2; 2-1) and Maryland last Wednesday (6-3-1; 1-1-1) by the scores of 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. With an overall record of 6-3-2 and 0-3-1 in Big Ten play, the Scarlet Knights are back in action this Friday night at home against Wisconsin (2-8-1; 0-2-1).
No. 18 Rutgers lost a 2-1 battle to no. 7 Iowa (9-2; 3-0) on Friday but bounced back with a 1-0 victory the following day against UC-Davis (5-5). Tayla Parkes tied the game against the Hawkeyes with her second goal of the season, but RU surrendered a third quarter goal that was the difference in the outcome.
The following game Rachel Houston scored her second goal of the season, which came in the fourth quarter and secured the victory. Gianna Glatz produced her 15th shutout of her career with three save. At 5-5 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten play, Rutgers hosts Indiana (4-7; 1-3) and no. 5 Northwestern (10-4; 3-1) next weekend. Their game against the Wildcats will be shown live at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 13th on BTN.
After a 6-3 start to the season, Rutgers has now lost six straight matches including this past Saturday to no. 7 Minnesota (10-2; 4-0) three sets to one. Despite the defeat, it marked the program’s first winning set against a top ten opponent in five years. At 6-9 overall and 0-4 in Big Ten action, they’ll host Ohio State (8-8; 1-3) and Maryland (9-7; 1-3) next weekend. Both matches provide an opportunity for Rutgers to break through with a victory in conference play.