The Scarlet Knights women’s soccer team had another strong year, going 13-2-6 (6-2-3 in the Big Ten Conference) and finishing #22 in the nation. It didn’t hurt that they had goalie Casey Murphy, above, who was named the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year as well as a First Team All-American, and forward Amirah Ali, below, who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Amirah Ali was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

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courtesy Rich Grassle/Rutgers Athletics

In the team’s 21 games, Murphy led the conference in goals against average (.27), save percentage (.924), and shutouts (16). Murphy, a redshirt junior who sat out the 2016 season to represent the United States at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, now has her second Goalkeeper of the Year honor in three seasons. Recently drafted 13th overall by Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, she is also Rutgers’ all-time career shutout leader, with 45 clean sheets.

As a first-year player, Ali had five goals and four assists, good enough for her selection to the All-Big Ten All-Freshman Team and All-Big Ten Third Team. Sophomore defender Chantelle Swaby was All-Big Ten Second Team, and senior midfielder Christy Monroy received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

The four women led the Scarlet Knights to the 2017 College Cup, which is the NCAA’s Division I women’s soccer championship, with Rutgers losing in the second round to the #7 West Virginia Mountaineers, 4-3, on penalty kicks after playing to a 0-0 double overtime draw.