R Futbol: Women Earn No. 2 Seed in NCAA Tournament, Host First Round on Friday

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Rutgers recruiting pavilion erupted in cheers Monday evening when the women's soccer team earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Scarlet Knights, at a watch party, celebrate the highest seed in school history and prepare for a first-round Friday clash with Fairleigh Dickinson at Yurcak Field.

Rutgers women's soccer made history Monday evening when it earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. It makes the first seeded women's soccer team in history and the first No. 2 seed for any sport at Rutgers since the 2007-08 women's basketball team.

The Scarlet Knights celebrated as a team Monday from the Rutgers recruiting lounge. The watch party included appearances from many supporters and a proud message from athletic director Julie Hermann to the team.

"It's moments like this that you dream about when you're in high school looking at colleges," said senior Cassie Inacio from Manalapan (N.J.). "You want to be big time. You want to go to the tournaments, get seeded. You want to compete and that's exactly what we're going to do. We earned it, but we're still very excited about it."

Ranked No. 7 nationally, Rutgers finished the season with a 16-3-2 record and as runner-ups in the Big Ten tournament from State College, Pa.

"The important thing is that we learn from it," Inacio said. "It's a crucial experience for us to go through that because we're prepared for what's next. We want to set a standard for Rutgers soccer with this. We're really excited about getting it started now."

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