PISCATAWAY, NJ – senior goalkeeper Meagan McClelland of Rutgers Women’s Soccer has been called up to the U.S. Women’s National Under-23 Team for the 2022 Thorns Preseason Tournament. McClelland will join the United States for the tournament scheduled for March 5-11 at Providence Park, where the he U-23 team will face three teams from the NWSL.
A member of the USWNT youth squad, McClelland was recently called up for a U-20 training camp in January 2021. Prior to that camp, she completed 2019 with the U-20 squad at the Nike International 2019 Friendlies in December. During that December visit, McClelland also joined former Scarlet Knight Casey Murphy in a senior national team practice.
🇺🇸 #RFutbol guards of yesterday and today! I love to see @CaseyMurph and Meagan McClelland in red, white and blue with the #USWNT for camps and friendly matches in Florida! #ForeverRutgers #Family forever pic.twitter.com/cQhCDTT5yf
— RUWS | THE TEN GREAT CHAMPIONS (@RUWSoccer) December 13, 2019
McClelland is coming off a historic season with Rutgers in the fall of 2021. The goaltender guided Rutgers to their first Big Ten Conference title for the program and varsity, going undefeated 10-0 in the league. After a run to the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game, the Scarlet Knights earned their 10th straight NCAA Tournament bid and the first No. 1 seed in program history. RU then reached the NCAA Women’s College Cup for the second time and the first since 2015.
In the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game, McClelland’s heroism shone in the penalty shootout with TCU. After recording eight saves in the game, McClelland saved three straight shots on goal, while successfully scoring one of his own in the shootout. In the quarterfinals against Arkansas, Rutgers pushed to PK for the second game in a row. McClelland saved a PK and scored another to land the Scarlet Knights ticket to the Final Four.
The goaltender recorded 13 shutouts and 83 saves during the year, including five clean sheets against league opponents in the hunt for the conference title. She maintained a GAA of 0.67 in net, helping RU extend their streak of eight consecutive seasons by registering a GAA of 0.77 or less. With 40 career clean sheets, the Kearny, New Jersey native ranks third on the Rutgers charts.
The 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year is a four-time All-Big Ten and three-time All-Region selection. In the classroom, the Scholar All-Region and Academic All-Big Ten recipient is inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society. After earning her supply chain management degree from Rutgers in December 2021, McClelland announced her return to the Scarlet Knights for her extra year of eligibility in the fall of 2022. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in digital marketing.
Relations with Scarlet Knight are strong on both the NWSL and United States national teams. McClelland will reunite with former Scarlet Knights Madison Pogarch and Gaby Provenzano when the U-23 side face the Portland Thorns in the pre-season tournament. Also, McClelland’s call comes at the same time as his teammate Emily Masonwho was named to the Under-20 list for the World Cup qualifiers this month.
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