Four different Rutgers student-athletes from three different sports earned Big Ten weekly honors for their recent performances. Here is a complete breakdown of the accolades.
Oren Asher - Men’s Soccer
For the third time in his career, goalkeeper Oren Asher was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Asher has produced two shutouts to begin the season in a 2-0 win over Delaware and scoreless draw against Temple. He now has nine shutouts in his RU career. He is one of only five goalkeepers with 200 or more minutes played to not allow a goal in across NCAA Division I play this season. Rutgers is 1-0-1 and travels to face Princeton (0-0-0) on Friday, September 3 and the game will air on ESPN+.
Oren Asher makes his first save to keep us scoreless in the 58th minute. pic.twitter.com/1dPNpwcj5X— Rutgers Men's Soccer (@RUMensSoccer) August 31, 2021
Frankie Tagliaferri - Women’s Soccer
Tagliaferri was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career. The Colts Neck, native scored twice and had an assist for a career high five points in the 5-1 win over Providence on Sunday. The All-American is off to a tremendous start on the banks after transferring from Penn State this offseason. She leads Rutgers with nine points in two games, including three goals and three assists.
Riley Tiernan - Women’s Soccer
Tiernan was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after delivering three assists in the win over Providence. She assisted on both of Tagliaferri’s goals after pushing the pace down the left sideline before calmly distributing the ball with perfect pace and placement. The heralded newcomer and sister of former Rutgers star Madison Tiernan has quickly become a major factor for the women’s soccer team this season. This will be the first of many Big Ten weekly honors in her career.
Rutgers (2-0-0) moved up to no. 16 in the national rankings this week and will host Monmouth (4-0-0) on Friday, September 3 at 7 p.m. ET, as well as La Salle (1-2) on Sunday, September 5 at 1 p.m. ET. Both contests will stream live on Big Ten+.
Lucy Bannatyne - Field Hockey
The New Zealand native earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after scoring a goal in victories over No. 12 Duke and Richmond last weekend for Rutgers field hockey program. Bannatyne has quickly left her mark in starting for a ranked team and tied for the team lead with two goals. This week’s rankings haven’t come out yet but as of now No. 15 Rutgers (2-0-0) will face No. 6 UConn (1-1) in Storrs on Friday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Rutgers volleyball started the season with a 2-1 record as Madyson Chitty was named to the FGCU Invitational All-Tournament team. They’ll next play Central Connecticut State on Friday, September 3 and then take on Lafayette and host UConn on Saturday, September 4 as part of the UConn Challenge in Storrs, Connecticut.