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Rutgers women's soccer to face off against Minnesota

The Rutgers women’s soccer team looks to continue its stretch of good play as it faces off against Minnesota tonight.  – Photo by Tom Gilbert

The Rutgers women’s soccer team is heading on the road to face Minnesota at 7 p.m. tonight. The No. 9 Scarlet Knights' (7-2-0, 2-0-0) game last Thursday against Michigan State has been rescheduled to next Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Yurcak Field.

After its 1-0 win against Nebraska, the Rutgers is coming into Big Ten play with a great deal of momentum. Sophomore forward Allison Lowrey scored the game’s lone goal in the final minute of the first half.

Freshman midfielder Kylie Daigle provided the long-range assist to give the Knights their second Big Ten win. This win marks the first win for Rutgers over the Cornhuskers (4-6-1, 0-2-1) since joining the Big Ten, breaking its previous six straight draws.

"The team chemistry is growing so much and we're all developing so many good ways to play with each other. I think it's going to be a good weekend," said freshman forward Riley Tiernan on Tuesday.

Senior back Gabby Provenzano also earned her second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award of the season. She aided the Knights in all shutouts this season and held every team to single-digit shots on goal.

Rutgers has also awarded Provenzano with the Athletic Director's Excellence Award, given to a select group of student-athletes who have accumulated a 3.5 or higher GPA for at least four semesters. 

Provenzano isn’t the only Knight who received accolades this week. Senior forward Amirah Ali received the Werblin Award for her national recognition in the past academic year. Ali is the first three-time All-American in Rutgers women’s soccer history. Last year she and Provenzano were named First Team All-Big Ten.

The Knights' upcoming opponent, the Gophers (5-2-3, 1-2-0), lost their previous road game against the Spartans (7-1-2, 2-1-0). Their top goalscorer, Izzy Brown, contributed her fifth goal of the season.

“The win gives us the confidence to go into this week. It'll be different playing on the road, but we're excited for the challenge," said freshman back Kassidy Banks.

Rutgers' next two games mark their longest away game streak. After tonight's game in Minnesota, the team will face Ohio State on Sunday at noon in Ohio.

Thursday’s game will be streamed on Big Ten Network+ and broadcasted for radio listeners on 88.7 WRSU.

For updates on the Rutgers women's soccer team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

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