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No. 8 Rutgers women's soccer takes on Iowa

The Rutgers women’s soccer team looks to remain perfect in Big Ten play as it faces Iowa in a Sunday matinee.  – Photo by Tom Gilbert

The Rutgers women’s soccer team looks to improve its winning streak to seven as it takes on Iowa at Yurcak Field on Sunday. It continues to dominate throughout conference play, defeating Michigan 4-1 in its last game.

The No. 8 Scarlet Knights (10-2-0, 5-0-0) still top the Big Ten in standings after defeating the Wolverines (8-2-3, 2-1-2) this week and Ohio State over the weekend. Rutgers' win against Michigan tallied the Wolverines’ first conference loss, solidifying the Knights' status as the only team still undefeated in Big Ten play.

Five Rutgers players contributed to the scoring in Wednesday’s win. Senior back Gabby Provenzano, senior midfielder Frankie Tagliaferri and senior forward Amirah Ali all added goals to this past win. Freshman midfielder Kylie Daigle, Tagliaferri and freshman forward Riley Tiernan added assists as well.

“We always want the best for our team. We will do anything for our team, so I feel that is why we keep rolling," Ali said.

The Hawkeyes (8-4-1, 2-3-0) are coming off a 1-2 loss against Michigan State, their third loss in Big Ten play. Iowa has a 3-3 away record and a 3-5-0 all-time record against the Knights, with their last outing in Piscataway ending in a 2-1 win for the Rutgers.

The Knights also added numerous accomplishments to their season. This past Tuesday, junior back Allison Lynch was named Big Ten Ten Player of the Week. Lynch has aided the Knights' defense this season, helping hold every team to single-digit shots on goal this season. This award marks Lynch’s second Big Ten weekly honor and Rutgers’ third Big Ten Player of the Week this season.

Tagliaferri was also named the National Player of the Week by the United Soccer Coaches this Wednesday. She has contributed 3 goals in the past three games and 10 goals this season, leading the Big Ten in goals and second in assists. This is the first nomination for the Knights of the accolade since Ali’s recognition in the 2020-21 season.

The Hawkeyes have the ninth-best record out of the 14 Big Ten teams and have one of the top goal scorers in the Big Ten in Alyssa Walker. Iowa is also second behind Rutgers in shots on goal.

The Knights will host the Hawkeyes at noon on Sunday. The match will be streamed on Big Ten Network+ and broadcasted for radio listeners on 88.7 WRSU. Live stats will be provided at kickoff.

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