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Women’s Soccer Announces 2014 Schedule
Scarlet Knights set to play eight NCAA qualifiers, nine games at Yurcak Field
  • Posted on July 02, 2014 4:11:30 PM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 2, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team announced its 2014 schedule Wednesday. The 17-match schedule includes nine games at Yurcak Field and eight games away from Piscataway for the Scarlet Knights’ inaugural Big Ten season.

    “I’ve been a college sports fan for a majority of my life and to see the names of the schools that we have the privilege to compete against is a thrill,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “We look forward to preparing for some of the top programs in perhaps the most prestigious conference in the country.”

    Overall, RU will face eight teams – all Big Ten opponents – that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013, as well as three squads that ended the season ranked in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25. The Scarlet Knights open the season in Piscataway on Friday, Aug. 22 against Stony Brook, Rutgers University’s first intercollegiate competition as a member of the Big Ten.

    Prior to kicking off the season on Aug. 22, Rutgers will host two scrimmages at Yurcak Field. The Scarlet Knights will scrimmage former conference foe West Virginia on Aug. 12 for the second consecutive season following a thrilling NCAA Tournament First Round matchup with the Mountaineers. RU played the No. 9 Mountaineers to a scoreless draw after 110 minutes of soccer, but fell, 3-0, in penalty kicks.

    RU will host Villanova in its second and final preseason scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Yurcak Field. 2014 marks the first time in Rutgers’ 31-year women’s soccer history that it will not meet the Wildcats on the pitch. The Scarlet Knights own a 14-8-8 all-time record against their longtime conference rival.

    Following the season opener vs. Stony Brook, Rutgers will play SEC opponent Vanderbilt for the first time in the history of the two schools. Overall, the match marks the program’s eighth against an SEC school.  

    Rutgers will remain in Piscataway for its third contest of the year on Friday, Aug. 29 against in-state rival Seton Hall, which the Scarlet Knights last topped 2-0 in 2012. RU hits the road for single-game weekends over the next two weeks, taking on intrastate foe Princeton on Friday, Sept. 5 and Big Ten newcomer Maryland on Friday, Sept. 12 in the program's first-ever Big Ten Conference competition.

    The league schedule continues for Rutgers against both “Great Lake State” Big Ten opponents on Friday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 21, when the Scarlet Knights take on Michigan State and Michigan, respectively, “On the Banks.” The Wolverines advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2013, dropping a 2-1 decision to No. 1 seed Virginia with a Final Four spot on the line.

    RU takes its first full weekend Big Ten road trip to Nebraska (Thursday, Sept. 25) and Iowa (Sunday, Sept. 28) before returning to Yurcak Field on Thursday, Oct. 2 against Indiana and Sunday, Oct. 5 against Purdue. Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana all qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, as Nebraska and Indiana won their opening-round matchups.

    The Scarlet Knights travel to NCAA qualifier Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 11 for the first time since winning, 1-0, on Sept. 6, 2009. Rutgers goes for its third consecutive victory against the Nittany Lions, who RU also topped 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 14, 2008 in the Scarlet Knights’ Sweet Sixteen season.

    The squad will play its final two home games of 2014 on Friday, Oct. 17 against Illinois and Sunday, Oct. 19 against Northwestern. Illinois advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament in 2013.

    From there RU plays its final three games on the road, traveling to Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 24, Minnesota on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Ohio State on Friday, Oct. 31 for the season finale. Both Minnesota and Ohio State qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.

    The 2014 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Championship will be held from Nov. 5-9 by Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana. The winner will earn an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, as Rutgers seeks its third-straight trip to nationals. The first round is set to begin on Friday, Nov. 14 at campus sites.

    Rutgers Women's Soccer 2014 Schedule

    AUGUST

     

     

     

    Tues., 12

    West Virginia (Scrimmage)

    Yurcak Field

    noon

    Sat., 16

    Villanova (Scrimmage)

    Yurcak Field

    7 p.m.

    Fri., 22

    Stony Brook

    Yurcak Field

    7 p.m.

    Sun., 24

    Vanderbilt

    Yurcak Field

    1 p.m.

     

     

     

     

    Fri., 29

    Seton Hall

    Yurcak Field

    5:30 p.m.

    SEPTEMBER

     

     

     

    Fri., 5

    Princeton

    Princeton, N.J.

    7:30 p.m.

    Fri., 12

    Maryland*

    College Park, Md.

    7 p.m.

    Fri., 19

    Michigan State*

    Yurcak Field

    7 p.m.

    Sun., 21

    Michigan*

    Yurcak Field

    1 p.m.

    Thurs., 25

    Nebraska*

    Lincoln, Neb.

    4:30 p.m.

    Sun., 28

    Iowa*

    Iowa City, Iowa

    1 p.m.

    OCTOBER

     

     

     

    Thurs., 2

    Indiana*

    Yurcak Field

    7 p.m.

    Sun., 5

    Purdue*

    Yurcak Field

    1 p.m.

    Sat., 11

    Penn State*

    University Park, Pa.

    TBA

    Fri., 17

    Illinois*

    Yurcak Field

    7 p.m.

    Sun., 19

    Northwestern*

    Yurcak Field

    1 p.m.

    Fri., 24

    Wisconsin*

    Madison, Wisc.

    7 p.m.

    Sun., 26

    Minnesota*

    Saint Paul, Minn.

    2 p.m.

    Fri., 31

    Ohio State*

    Columbus, Ohio

    7 p.m.

    NOVEMBER

     

     

     

    5-9

    Big Ten Championship

    West Lafayette, Ind.

    TBA

    14-16

    NCAA Championship First Round

    Campus Sites

    TBA

    21-23

    NCAA Championship Second/Third Round

    Campus Sites

    TBA

    28-30

    NCAA Championship Quarterfinals

    Campus Sites

    TBA

    DECEMBER

     

     

     

    5-7

    NCAA Women’s College Cup

    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

    TBA

    Home contests denoted by bold
    *Denotes Big Ten Conference matches
    All matches listed in Eastern Standard Time

     

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers women’s soccer, follow the program on Twitter (@RUSoccer). Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

     

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