Myers continues to shine as men’s soccer beats Michigan

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers men’s soccer team (6-3-5, 2-2-2) recorded their first win over Big Ten rivals Michigan (4-8-3, 1-5-1) since 2015 Friday night, beating the Wolverines 2. -1. MD Myers and Ian Abbey both found the back of the net to lead the Scarlet Knights charge.

“We have played very well in several games this year and either drawn or got nothing out of it,” the head coach said. Jim McElderry“but the players just wanted to do everything they could to win tonight and I’m really proud of their effort and commitment.”

After a slow start to the competition, Myers sparked RU’s attack in the 15th minute with his 13th goal of the season, the best in the country, to put his team ahead 1-0.

Michigan responded shortly after reflection, scoring the equalizer in the 18th minute. Both teams would enter the half tied, 1-all.

Less than 10 minutes after the start of the second half in the 54th minute, Ian Abbey scored the ultimate winning goal to put Rutgers up, 2-0.

15′ (UK) MD Myers (13) – Thomas DeVizio
18′ (UM) Nicholas Kaloukian – Brennan Callow, Declan Gaffney
54′ (RU) Ian Abbey (2)– Cole Cruthers and Jason Bouregy

Game Notes

  • Myers’ goal marks his 13th of the season, making him the only Big Ten player with double-digit scores. With 30 points, he is also the only player in the conference with more than 20 points.
  • In 15 games this campaign, Myers has scored in 10 contests, including the last six. He also scored in 11 of 15 outings.
  • Myers becomes the first Scarlet Knights to reach the 30-point milestone in a single season since Jordan Hall finished the 2018 season with 30 points. His 13 goals are clocked for 13th all-time while his 30 points are tied for 17th in a single season.
  • Abbey’s goal marks the second of his career as he also scored in the team’s season opener against Omaha (August 25).
  • Jason Bouregy got his sixth assist of the season to equalize Jackson Temple for the most of the team.
  • Thomas De Vizio also registered his second assist of the fall on MD Myers’ goal, taking him to five points on the campaign. Cole Cruthers got his fourth assist against UM.
  • First year guard Ciaran Dalton continues to shine in net, making three saves on Friday night. He paces the team with 30 saves on 108 shots faced and five wins.
  • With 35 goals and 220 shots, RU leads the Big Ten in both categories.
  • With 105 points in total from 15 games, this season marks the first time RU have reached more than 100 points since 2015, when the team finished with 123.
  • In 15 games, the Scarlet Knights saw 11 unique scorers on 35 goals for 105 points. Myers (13), Temple (5), Avila (4), Bouregy (3), Maeland (2), Le Guennec (2) and Abbey (2) all have multiple goals.
  • 18 Scarlet Knights saw the field Friday night. Goalkeeper Ciaran Dalton in addition to Joey Zalinski, Hugo Le GuennecFrom Vizio, Cole Cruthers and Matthew Acosta played the entire 90 minutes.
  • The 2-1 victory marks the Scarlet Knights’ first against Wolverines since 2015, ending a seven-year streak. The win also marks the third in program history for RU over Michigan.

Look forward

Rutgers will hit the road again to face Penn State on Tuesday, October 25. The 8 p.m. game will air nationally on the Big Ten Network.


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