PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers Women’s Soccer was ranked No. 12 in SoccerWire.com’s Top 50 Current NCAA Women’s Programs, highlighting continued success over the past five seasons.
The soccer website has compiled the NCAA’s top 50 women’s soccer programs over the past five full seasons (not including abbreviated 2020 results), based on their average position in the season-ending rankings. Rankings are based on a combination of final United Soccer coaches’ polls and each season’s Scoring Percentage Index (RPI), with bonuses awarded for NCAA Tournament qualification and College Cup wins.
The Scarlet Knights, led by the head coach Mike O’Neill, qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons, capped off with a run at the 2021 College Cup last fall. The national semifinal followed the program and school’s first-ever Big Ten championship title after a perfect 10-0-0 gauntlet throughout the conference regular season. RU also appeared in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game for the second time in the last five full seasons.
Rutgers compiled a 70-19-22 record over that span, not including the 9-3-4 mark from 2020-21 during the abbreviated spring season. That includes a 35-7-12 mark in Big Ten play and six NCAA Tournament wins or advancements.
Marked by strong defence, the Scarlet Knights’ goalie and defense contingents have held opponents to a 0.60 goals-against average since the 2016 season. The reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year and staff United Soccer Coaches Regional of the Year recruited and developed five MAC Hermann Trophy nominations and six United Soccer Coaches All-Americans.
This period of success also saw Rutgers claim a Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, four Freshman of the Year honors and 25 All-Award honors. Big Ten.
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