Women’s Football No. 8 Rutgers begins season-ending Michigan road trip
After a senior day victory at home against Wisconsin, the Rutgers women’s soccer team will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan on Thursday to face Michigan. The Scarlet Knights (13-1-2, 5-1-2) begin a two-game road trip to end the regular season against the Wolverines (6-7-3, 1-5-2) in a Championship rematch Last year’s Big Ten Game.
As Rutgers battles with the defending Big Ten champions for the first time since November 2021, the Knights have three wins in their last four games, with wins over Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana and a draw against Minnesota .
Junior midfielder Becci Fluchel and Sara Brocious carried Rutgers to its final victory to end the regular season at Yurcak Field on the Busch campus. Fluchel marked it 3rd goal of the season on a penalty while Brocious scored his 4th goal of the season on a pass from the junior striker Allison Lowrey and second midfielder Kylie Daigle.
With the Knights beating a Badgers team (10-4-2, 6-0-1) that was ahead of them in the Big Ten rankings, Rutgers currently sits in third place square behind Northwest and Michigan State.
Meanwhile, Michigan enters the game on a three-game losing streak, with the most recent loss at home to Penn State. In those three games, the Wolverines were outscored 8-0, their last goal being a 1-1 draw against Iowa on October 2.
The Knights have been solid on the road this season going 4-1-1 while holding a 9-0-1 record at Piscataway. Michigan, on the other hand, has been a much better team away from UM Football Stadium with a 5-3-1 record on the road.
The home pitch appears to be a problem for Wolverines as they currently sit 1-4-2 at home. The only home win for the team this season came on August 18 against Washington State to start the season.
While Rutgers continues to be led by Brocious, Lowrey and Daigle, Michigan has its own offensive leaders who post similar stats. Forward Sammi wood has a team summit 7 goals and is tied for team leader on points with Meredith Haakenson.
Along with his 15 points, Haakenson currently has 5 goals and five assists. That’s two fewer assists than Daigle, who leads the Knights in assists.
Goalkeeper graduate student Meagan McClelland enters the week with more than 9,000 career minutes played, which is an all-time high in college football history. The Kearny, New Jersey native is 13-1-2 in 2022 and has eight shutouts. Guardian of the Wolverines Izzy Nino started in all of his team’s games and went 5-6-3 with three shutouts in 2022.
Rutgers will look to avenge their Big Ten championship loss this Thursday to Michigan on the Big Ten Network with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Next, the Knights will face the No. 15 Spartans (12-1-3, 7-0-1) in East Lansing, Michigan, to end the regular season on Sunday.
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