Two of the most consistent programs in women’s college soccer met on Thursday night as Rutgers visited N.C. State. The Scarlet Knights have been to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournaments while the Wolfpack have been to six straight. Their matchup in Raleigh ended in a 1-1 draw. Both programs are receiving votes in the coaches poll as RU is 1-1-1 to start the season. N.C. State is now 1-0-2.
Rutgers scored in the sixth minute of the match as Allison Lowrey buried a one-timer off an entry pass into the box from Sara Brocious. The play was started by Allison Lynch, who fed Brocious and took it down the right sideline before finding an open Lowrey. It was the 17th goal of her career and second this season. The 17th assist in Brocious’ career tied her for 10th all-time in program history with the great Carli Lloyd and Taylor Aylmer.
The Scarlet Knights led 1-0 all the way up until the 88th minute when Annika Wohner tied it with an assist from Mackenzie Smith. Despite the second straight game that Rutgers surrendered a late goal, they came painfully close from still earning a victory. Emily Mason’s header off of a set piece in the 89th minute was just wide of the net by about a foot.
RU held a 13-11 shot advantage in the game and 4-3 in shots on goal. However, Rutgers never produced a corner kick as N.C. State had four attempts. Goalkeeper Olivia Bodmer had two saves in the draw.
Last season’s points leader, Sam Kroeger, has yet to see any game action as she continues to work her way back from an offseason injury.
Current member of the United States Women’s National Team and Rutgers great Casey Murphy was in attendance as she lives nearby playing professionally for the North Carolina Courage in the NWSL.
While a victory would have been a major confidence builder and quality win, Rutgers played well against one of the top teams in the ACC. They now return home to play FDU on Monday, August 28 at 5 pm. The 2022 NEC Tournament champions are off to an 0-3 start. The game is part of a doubleheader at Yurcak Field with the men’s team hosting St. John’s at 7:30 p.m.
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