Starting eleven: men’s football at No.7 in Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Rutgers Men’s Football No.21 (7-1-1) is on the road at No.7 in Maryland on Tuesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field, broadcast live on Big Ten Network and the Fox Sports app. If Rutgers remains in the United Soccer Coaches rankings on Tuesday afternoon, this contest will mark the program’s first Top 25 battle since a Rutgers No.25 victory over Notre Dame No.6 on October 11, 2003.
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- Rutgers suffered his first loss of the 2021 season in his ninth game on Friday night, suffering a 2-0 loss to Wisconsin (4-2-3, 1-0-1) at Yurcak Field. The Badgers are now 4-0-1 in their last five games.
- The Scarlet Knights held the majority of possession and outscored the Badgers, 13-9, but Wisconsin produced the most dangerous opportunities with a 4-2 advantage in penalties and capitalized where Rutgers couldn’t. not.
- Rutgers first year goaltender Aurie Briscoe made his college debut with the start in net after Oren Asher was unable to cope with a non-COVID illness on Friday. It was the first time a goalkeeper other than Asher has scored the UK goal since Asher and McElderry arrived together “On the Banks” for fall 2019. Briscoe made two saves in his debut and was on the move. allowed a pair of largely canceled goals. with his hands.
TERP SCOUTING: Maryland rose to the nation’s Top 10 with a 7-1 record and a perfect 2-0 start for the Big Ten with matching 2-1 wins over Michigan and Ohio State. Maryland’s only loss came at No.1 Georgetown, a 1-0 loss on September 11. Ben Bender (two goals, three assists) and Joshua Bolma (three goals, one assist) are tied for the team lead with seven points each, while Jamie Lowell (0.27 GAA, 0.889% savings , 3-1-0, two shutouts) and Niklas Neumann (1.40 GAA, 0.625% savings, 4-0-0) have a split time with four starts each.
HISTORY VS. MARYLAND: The Terrapins hold a 10-2-1 advantage in the all-time series dating back to 1960, including a 6-1-0 mark as the Big Ten’s regular season opponents since 2014. The 2020 season (played in the spring of 2021) saw the Scarlet Knights secure their first victory over Maryland since 1995 with a 2-0 triumph at Piscataway in March on a pair of goals from Ritchie barry and a shutout of Oren Asher. However, the Terrapins got their revenge in the playoffs, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament quarter-finals in a penalty shootout, 5-4, after a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes.
Ola Maeland scored the goal in the tournament game before being named to the Big Ten tournament all-star squad for 2020.
A STATEMENT OF THE GARDEN: The Scarlet Knights entered the nationwide rankings with a No. 21 list in last week’s United Soccer Coaches poll, joining a No. 14 spot by Top Drawer Soccer and a No. 20 spot on College Soccer News.
The astonishing 2-1 victory in the reigning Big Ten regular season and tournament champions Indiana marked the Scarlet Knights’ first victory over a ranked opponent since 2015. Indiana lost their first game. of the Big Ten for the third time in its rich history, falling to 23-3-5. Scoring twice in the contest, it was also the first time Rutgers had scored a series goal with the Hoosiers since 2015.
COMING SOON ROSAMILIA: Recruit of the Scarlet Knight Nico rosamilia went on top of the team with seven points thanks to his three goals, two in the 2-1 win over Saint Joseph’s and the equalizer for 11th Indiana. The Roseland, New Jersey native started the first three games of the season, collecting his first college point on Rutgers’ first-ever goal of the 2021 season, an assist to Thomas DeVizio. Rosamilia is a product of the New York Red Bulls developmental academy of Major League Soccer, where he scored 12 goals in 2020 and won the “Man of the Match” title in consecutive weeks against the Montreal Impact and DC United.
RETURN THE HONORS: Rutgers won the Big Ten Player of the Week title in the three weeks leading up to the start of the 2021 season. Nico rosamilia is the last with the honor of the Offensive Player of the Week on September 14. Thomas DeVizio was also named to the National Soccer Team of the Week for his two assists in the win over Lehigh on September 10. It was the second national honor of the season, joining Oren Asher College Soccer News Team of the Week Award from September 7.
Asher is a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Asher and the defense are one of only two NCAA Division I teams to record four shutouts in their first four games of the season. Asher was the only goaltender in the country with 380 minutes of play and no goals allowed at the start of the season. Asher is tied for fourth in the nation with five shutouts, while Rutgers is 22nd nationally and second in the Big Ten with a 0.65 goals-against average.
OUT OF CONFERENCE IS IN: The season opener against Delaware was Rutgers’ first non-conference game in 667 days. The last time RU had a non-conference roster, the Scarlet Knights came out of the conference 6-1-2 for their fifth-best non-league winning percentage in school history.
Rutgers is now 11-1-3 in non-conference action under the direction of the head coach Jim McElderry.
SPRING : The Head Coach Jim McElderry has guided Rutgers not only through a non-traditional pandemic season, but has also claimed four Big Ten victories and finished in fifth place in the conference along the way – both tied for program highs since joining the league in 2014. The conference-only campaign ended 4-4-1 and included historic victories for RU: a first-ever win in seven tries against Michigan State and the program’s first triumph over Maryland since 1995. La The season ended with a touch of grief as Maryland outlasted the Scarlet Knights, 5-4, in a penalty shootout in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals after a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes.
EXPERIENCED RU? : The vast majority of the group that was so successful last spring are back for the fall. The Scarlet Knights once again welcome 10 returning starters. A total of 19 players who played last spring are back for the fall, totaling 24 of 27 points scored and 91% of minutes played throughout the roster. Rutgers flips material with graduate attacking student Ritchie barry stay for its fifth year after being named All-Big Ten Second Team in the spring.
NEW CHILDREN “ON THE BANKS”: McElderry has recruited seven freshmen and three transfers to form 10 newcomers to the fall 2021 roster. Xavi Olmos is a graduate transfer from Florida International, while Jason bourégy (American) and Jace Orvos (Penn State) transfer to second year. The first seven years include five New Jersey natives – Matthew Acosta, Aurie Briscoe, Bryan keating, Nico rosamilia, and Joey zalinsky – in the same way Adam davies from Pennsylvania and Aidan Flynn from Portland Timbers Academy.
Freshmen Acosta and Zalinsky have both made starts in eight of nine games midway through the season, while Rosamilia leads the team with seven points on offense.
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