By Steven Abalo
The Rutgers Newark women’s soccer team finished the season on a historical runner up position in the ECAC tournament. Despite the loss against Stevens in the final the team has marked a new chapter in the program. The Scarlet Raiders had never won a post season game until this year and made play an outstanding ECAC tournament.
Senior midfielder Sarah Cuhna said, “I’m extremely grateful to have been part of this program at such a crucial moment. It’s been a journey and a half to get where we have, but it was well deserved after all the hard work put in from the coaching staff and players. When such a collective effort is made, it shows in the results. We’ve made history and it’s a great message for this program to send.”
And despite the tough 7-1 loss in the final the Raiders ended with their heads held high for finishing the best season ever. With a record of 14-8-2 the Raiders mark the best record in the history of the program.
Junior forward and leading scorer, Sara Corson said, “There’s almost always going to be a tough loss in your season and it’s important to learn from it. Although the way it ended hurts, there’s still reason to hold our heads high. I think we can look back on this season with pride. We definitely had a great season, the best in the program history, after being picked to finish 9th out of 10 teams in our conference.”
Cunha played her last game in Rutgers career and couldn’t be more overwhelmed with the season at large. This team set the stage and allowed her along with the other seniors on the team to walk out the grand door.
“Rutgers University- Newark can no longer be underestimated.” Cunha said, “I couldn’t have asked for a better season to end with, nor a better team to lead.”
But with shoes to be filled from the graduating seniors Corson believes the coming years will be full of success.
“I think it’s created a great building block for the future years for the program and I’m excited about that.” Corson said.
A bitter sweet ending to a great season for Women’s Soccer team who hope to keep growing in the coming years and be able to reach higher goals and achievements and prove they are title contenders from here on out.