Rutgers men’s soccer moves into a tie for third place in the Big Ten after Friday win over Michigan

A tight 2-1 win over Michigan on Friday night has pushed Rutgers men’s soccer into a tie for third place in the Big Ten. With one conference match left to play, the Scarlet Knights are within striking distance of potentially finishing with a top-two finish in the conference.

The win sees Rutgers sitting at 7-3-5 (3-2-2 Big Ten, 11 points) and tied on points with Ohio State for third place in the conference.

Michigan came into the match short-handed with several players missing due to illness. This led Chaka Daley, in his eleventh season with the Wolverines as head coach, to keep a defensive posture, playing two low blocks. to absorb the pressure from Rutgers.

The visitors managed to outshoot Rutgers (11:7) even as Rutgers held the edge in shots on goal (5:3).

Goals by M.D. Myers in the first half and Ian Abbey in the second half lifted Rutgers to the win. The strike by Abbey was a tight finish:

 

Rutgers closes out the season with a match at Penn State on Oct. 25 and then an out-of-conference game again UCLA on Oct. 29.

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Friday night’s win was the first for Rutgers men’s soccer over Michigan since 2015.

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Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire