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Rutgers Olympic Sports Roundup: Women's soccer, volleyball get off to a blistering start

College sports are back in Piscataway.

All but one of Rutgers’ fall sports teams have launched their 2022-23 campaigns in the past two weeks. The exception – Cross Country – starts the season this weekend.

To that end, here is the first full version of NJ Advance Media’s weekly roundup of each Olympic sports program’s performance.

Women’s soccer

Led by head coach Mike O’Neill, the team was the first to act in the 2022-23 school year, and the Scarlet Knights started the fall season in impressive fashion.

Rutgers won the first four games of the season by a combined score of 11–2. His first three matches were on the road. In his two games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Scarlet Knights defeated the hosts New Mexico (1-0) and his UNLV (5-1), while the third game saw them defeat the Flyers in Providence. rice field. (3-0) Persuasive.

Rutgers played their first home game on Sunday, coming back from a 1-0 deficit and beating Buffalo (2-1) to remain unbeaten.

Junior forward Alison Lowry (3 goals, 2 assists) leads the Rutgers offense, followed by sophomore forward Riley Tiernan (1 goal, 3 assists). Senior goalkeeper Megan McClelland has conceded only two goals in his 350 minutes so far, keeping two clean sheets.

“We are a good football team,” said O’Neill. “We are talking about habits and details to be champions, so I would like to improve our habits and details a bit more. They have a great team spirit and you can see it. I really like the team.”

Ranking: The Scarlet Knights bounced around in the national rankings throughout the first two weeks of the season, starting sixth in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s Preseason Voting before improving to third in the first week after a 2-2 game Did. Starting at 0, she slipped to 9th place this week.

This week’s schedule: vs. Temple (Thursday, Sept. 1) vs. Princeton (Sunday, Sept. 3).

Rutgers sophomore forward Riley Tiernan scored the equalizing goal in the Scarlet Knights’ 2-1 win over Buffalo on Sunday. (Photo credit: Ben Solomon, Rutgers Athletics).


Led by head coach Kaitlyn Schweihofer, the team dominated the Charleston Invitational by beating Fresno State (3-1), The Citadel (3-0) and Charleston (3-2) in their first weekend, and went on to win three seasons. A historic start for the eye. This is the first time Rutgers have won the first three games of a season since 1998 when they defeated Delaware, UMass and Siena.

Freshman outside hitters Alyssa Kinquela, 46, and Taylor Humphrey, 37, lead the Rutgers in kills, while Arkansas-turned-Little Rock mover Alyssa Nayer and redshirt junior Lauren Deroux are setters. Played 8 sets.

Ranking: NR

This week’s schedule: Radford (Friday, September 1), Morgan State University, Towson (Saturday, September 2), Towson Invitational.

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field hockey

The reigning Big Ten Tournament champions got off to a false start in the opening weekend, dropping the first two games of the season against No. 18 Duke (2-1 on penalties) and No. 16 St. Joseph (5-0). turned it off. But on Wednesday he bounced back with a 2-0 victory over La Salle. All three games were played at Piscataway.

“This win was really important. ‘It’s a young team, a new team. Obviously we’re disappointed in the season opener weekend. Duke was a great game we played and St. Joe’s the score wasn’t necessarily good. I think it didn’t reflect the game, which was disappointing because (we) learned a lot from both games and the team had to reset on the off day and look at the game and really improve. We worked hard to make sure there was one and we did it today.They are a group that strives for success, they have standards and I’m really excited to see them continue to grow.”

Senior forward Rachel Houston, sophomore Lucy Bannatyne and redshirt freshman Indy Van Ek each scored a goal for the young Scarlet Knights, who replaced 11 players from last season’s team.

Ranking: 8th (unchanged; first regular-season votes won’t be announced until Wednesday, September 6, so they’re maintaining their preseason rankings despite two losses).

Plan of this week: vs. No. 15 UConn (Friday, September 1).

men’s soccer

The season opener to Omaha, Nebraska was a different bag for Jim McElderry’s men.

The Scarlet Knights got off to a strong start, defeating hosts Omaha with a convincing 4-2 win. However, in the second game of the weekend, Rutgers suffered his 6-1 crushing defeat to big his East power Clayton.

Philadelphia Union Academy player MD Myers leads Rutgers with two goals against Omaha. Senior midfielder Pablo Avila (1 goal, 1 assist) was equally effective against the hosts.

Ranking: NR

Plan of this week: Rutgers will host Princeton at home opener (Friday, Sept. 2) and Yale (Monday, Sept. 4).

cross country

The men’s and women’s teams will begin their season on Friday, September 2 at the Lehi Invitational. Each team replaces last season’s top athletes. Patrick Walsh for men and Olympia Martin for women. Alex Carlson, who had a strong showing in his freshman season last fall, is a player to watch.

Ranking: NR

This week’s schedule: Lehi Invitation (Friday, September 2)

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