« Women’s Soccer 2020-21

Amirah Ali

School

Rutgers

Position
Forward
Major
Criminal Justice

Classroom

Ali excels in the classroom, where she is a criminal justice major. She carries a 3.15 GPA and is a two-time Dean’s List honoree.

She has also received two Academic All-Big Ten selections.

Character

Ali represents Rutgers well, evidenced by her two-time captaincy status. She leads her teammates by example on and off the pitch.

Even as she continues to earn accolades, Ali thanks her teammates, who she knows have helped her reach these heights.

She always brings energy to practices and game days, also acting as someone that her teammates can rely on. Ali is a talented soccer player, but an even better person.

Community

Since arriving in 2017, Ali has been an extremely active participant in the Rutgers community. Even though she is active with many initiatives, Special Friends Day is her favorite. It’s an annual event held at the Rutgers Cook/Douglass Recreation Center, providing special needs youth aged 6-21 a day of fun with Rutgers students. Ali loves getting to know her friend for the day and watching them have a great time.

Ali has volunteered with the Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy, helping with their holiday food and toy drives.

She has also volunteered her time at the RFund Thank-A-Thon, where she calls donors to thank them for supporting Rutgers Athletics. Ali is always ready for an opportunity to give back to the community.

Competition

Ali is a two-time All-American, three-time All-Big Ten honoree, and 2017 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

She was named to the 2020-21 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, her second consecutive year on the list. Last season, Ali was recognized as a semifinalist after posting nine goals and four assists. Her efforts helped lift Rutgers to a second-place finish in the Big Ten for a second consecutive year and their eighth straight NCAA tournament. Of her four game-winning goals, three came in overtime, solidifying her as the program-leader with eight career golden goals.

Since arriving at Rutgers in 2017, Ali has started all 63 games. She has 27 goals and 12 assists for a total of 66 career points. In Rutgers history, Ali ranks seventh in career points (62), sixth in career goals (27), fifth in career game winning goals (11), and first in single season overtime goals (4).

She has started 2020-21 off strong, scoring two goals in a win against Penn State. Ali was named the National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week following her first game of the season.