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:
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Ian Abbey scores his second goal of the season to give RU the edge.
— Rutgers Men’s Soccer (@RUMensSoccer) October 22, 2022
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.
Friday night’s win was the first for Rutgers men’s soccer over Michigan since 2015.