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Women’s Soccer Tabbed T-8 in Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Scarlet Knights open season on Aug. 22 vs. Stony Brook
  • Posted on August 13, 2014 3:41:44 PM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 13, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team was selected to finish tied for eighth with Iowa in the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league announced Wednesday. The Scarlet Knights enter their first season in the Big Ten Conference having played just one game against a league opponent since 2010.

    “The Big Ten is one of the top women’s soccer conferences in the country,” said head coach Mike O’Neill. “To start off being ranked eighth in the preseason coaches’ poll is a good starting point, but what we do from here is up to us.”

    Penn State was selected to win the conference, while Wisconsin and fellow newcomer, Maryland, were picked to finish second and third, respectively. The full breakdown is below, including the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Preseason Players to Watch list. RU’s three players on the list are senior forward Stef Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.), junior back Erica Skroski (Galloway, N.J.) and freshman midfielder Madison Tiernan (Voorhees, N.J.).

    Scholz and Tiernan enjoyed breakout seasons offensively in 2013, with Scholz leading RU with 10 goals and Tiernan finishing third in points (17) with six goals and five assists. Both earned second team All-American Athletic Conference honors.

    Skroski was a key member of a Rutgers backline that forced 11 shutouts and allowed just one goal over the final five contests of the season. She started in all 22 games as a sophomore and averaged 92.2 minutes per match to lead the team.

    The Scarlet Knights kick off their inaugural Big Ten Conference campaign on Friday, Aug. 22 at Yurcak Field against Stony Brook. RU opens its conference slate at Maryland on Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

    Rutgers has won its last three games against Big Ten competition. The Scarlet Knights beat Ohio State by a 1-0 margin on Aug. 29, 2012, topped  No. 13 Penn State, 1-0, on the road on Sept. 6, 2009 and bested the No. 20 Nittany Lions, 2-1, on Nov. 14, 2008, in double overtime in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

    BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

    1.         Penn State

    2.         Wisconsin

    3.         Maryland

    4.         Nebraska

    5.         Michigan

    6.         Ohio State

    7.         Illinois

    T8.       Iowa

    T8.       Rutgers

    10.       Indiana

    11.       Minnesota

    12.       Michigan State

    13.       Northwestern

    14.       Purdue

     

    BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH

    Illinois

    Jannelle Flaws, Sr., Forward

    Taylore Peterson, Jr., Midfield

    Aliina Weykamp, Jr., Defense/Midfield

     

    Indiana

    Tori Keller, Sr., Midfield

    Abby Smith, Sr., Midfield

    Veronica Ellis, So., Midfield

     

    Iowa

    Melanie Pickert, Sr., Defense

    Cloe Lacasse, Sr., Forward

    Caitlin Brown, Sr., Defense

     

    Maryland

    Aubrey Baker, Jr., Midfield

    Rachelle Beanlands, Jr., Goalkeeper

    Cory Ryan, Sr., Midfield

     

    Michigan

    Madisson Lewis, So., Midfield/Forward

    Nicky Waldeck, So., Forward

    Ani Sarkisian, Fr., Midfield/Forward

     

    Michigan State

    Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, Jr., Defense

    Paige Wester, Sr., Forward

    Megan Marsack, Sr., Midfield

     

    Minnesota

    Katie Thyken, Sr., Midfield

    Tarah Hobbs, So., Goalkeeper

    Josee Stiever, So., Midfield

     

    Nebraska

    Jaycie Johnson, So., Forward

    Mayme Conroy, Sr., Forward

    Caroline Gray, Sr., Midfield

     

    Northwestern

    Niki Sebo, Jr., Midfield

    Margo McGinty, Jr., Defense/Midfield

    Jackie Alyinovich, Sr., Defense

     

    Ohio State

    Nichelle Prince, So., Forward

    Kayla Varner, Sr., Forward

    Nikki Walts, Fr., Midfield

     

    Penn State

    Emily Hurd, Sr., Midfield

    Mallory Weber, Jr., Forward

    Raquel Rodriguez, Jr., Forward/Midfield

     

    Purdue

    Mollie Kuramoto, Sr., Midfield

    Taylor Niewoit, Sr., Midfield

    Alex Hairston, Sr., Forward

     

    Rutgers

    Madison Tiernan, So., Midfield

    Erica Skroski, Jr., Defense

    Stef Scholz, Sr., Forward

     

    Wisconsin

    Rose Lavelle, So., Midfield/Forward

    Cara Walls, Sr., Forward

    Genevieve Richard, Sr., Goalkeeper

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (Rutgers Athletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers women’s soccer, follow the program on Facebook (Rutgers Women’s Soccer), Twitter (@RUWSoccer) and Instagram (@RUWSoccer). 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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