Rutgers Women's Soccer improved to a program-best 9-0 record on the season with 2-0 victory over Ohio State, who drops to 5-2-1 on the year. The Scarlet Knights started conference play 1-0 and has gone unbeaten in regular season conference play in 12 straight matches, dating back to the 2020 season. Coach Mike O'Neill has done a great job this season as Rutgers have been one of the top teams in the country all season.
Conference openers are always important games as the Scarlet Knights wanted to open Big Ten play on a high note. Rutgers' defense played outstanding as they limited the amount of shots goalkeeper Meaghan McClelland faced Sunday as she continued her dominant 2022 season. They held Ohio State to 12 shots combined, with just two on goal. This defense has been a fortress so far this season as they have only allowed five goals so far in 2022.
The offense for Rutgers was also fantastic in Sunday's match by getting 20 shots against the Buckeyes and put pressure on Ohio State's defense throughout the match. At the 5:14 mark, Allie Lowery scored her sixth goal of the season, and she was assisted by Sara Brocious. Then in the second half at the 54:16 mark, Brocious scored her second goal of the season and was assisted by Kylie Daigle.
Lowrey has been a key part of the Scarlet Knights' attack this season as she is currently tied with Sam Kroeger for the most goals on the team. Brocious picked up a goal and an assist this match, to raise her point total to nine this season. Lowrey has been locked in this whole season as she has been a leader for the Scarlet Knights and a big part of their historic 9-0 start this season.
The win against Ohio State was critical for Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights won their fourth straight Big Ten opener. Their next match has huge implications as the Scarlet Knights travel to Happy Valley to take on eighth ranked Penn State on Thursday, September 22. The match will air on the Big Ten Network.