Rutgers has been in the news a lot lately. None of the reasons have been particularly good for the school. So here's a bit of information that is good for the school: the Scarlet Knight's Women's Soccer Team is undefeated. Standing at 8-0 the team is the last remaining truly undefeated team in NCAA Women's Soccer.
Why truly? Technically the Clemson Tigers at 7-0-1 are also undefeated, but they've tied a game at home which in this writer's mind should put Rutgers ahead of them. Traditional powerhouses UNC and Virginia have also not lost either (sitting at 8-0-1 and 7-0-1), but only Rutgers remains perfect.
Not everyone sees all-wins-all-the-time as better than merely not-losing: Rutgers' 8-0 record has gotten them to #2 in the NCAA RPI Rankings (behind the aforementioned Clemson) and #11 in the NSCAA poll. The #1 spot remains elusive.
If an undefeated record doesn't impress you (which it really should), the team has also yet to give up a goal this year. That is 720 minutes of shutout soccer for the team. This includes a 3-0 win over the University of Connecticut, the #20 team in both the RPI and NSCAA Coach's poll.
This year marks Rutgers' first campaign in the now super-ironically named Big 10 (B1G) Conference. Rutgers, a traditional Big East powerhouse, will do their best to see how they match up against their B1G 10 foes such as Michigan, Ohio St, and soccer powerhouse Penn St. Their early win over Maryland (another new member) puts them at 1-0 in conference play and is a good momentum starter as they go into the harder legs of conference play.
So keep your eye out on this developing story because something special may be happening in New Brunswick.
Rutgers next plays on Thursday, September 24.