PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers women’s soccer (9-6-3, 5-4-1) defeated Northwestern (9-5-4, 3-5-1) by a 2-1 score at Yurcak Field on Decision Day in the Big Ten Conference, clinching the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament. Sara Brocious and Ashley Baran scored the RU goals and each added assists for three points apiece in the regular season finale.
The Scarlet Knights, who won four of their final five matches, will travel to No. 3 seed Wisconsin for the quarterfinals.
The emotional win was dedicated to the O’Neill Family. Head coach Mike O’Neill was not on the sidelines Sunday as he grieves the passing of his older sister. Associate head coach Lubos Ancin served as the acting head coach in the victory.
- Sara Brocious scored first in the 33rd minute after Ashley Baran headed down a cross from Allison Lowrey. In the right place, Brocious executed a perfect flick shot over the ‘Cats’ goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead.
- Northwestern’s Josie Aulicino leveled the match at 1-1 in the 57th minute after halftime with a perfect shot that clipped the bottom of the crossbar before going in.
- Ashley Baran netted her first collegiate game-winner in the 77th minute. Sara Brocious started the play from behind midfield with a crisp pass with Sam Kroeger, who played a one-time pass through the defense to Baran, who only had the keeper to beat with a hard shot off the goalie and into net for the deciding 2-1 advantage.