Rutgers men’s soccer (0-1-1) tied St. John’s (1-0-1) by the final score of 2-2 in its home opener on Monday night. Over 1,300 fans came out but the Scarlet Knights fell just short of pulling out a victory over the Johnnies.
Luciano Sanchez drew a foul in the box at the 10 minute mark and a penalty was called. Syracuse transfer Curt Calov got the call and delivered in converting the penalty kick to give RU a 1-0 lead.
10′ | First of many goals in Scarlet & White for Curt Calov 👏
The junior transfer scores on a PK to give RU the early 1-0 lead!
— Rutgers Men’s Soccer (@RUMensSoccer) August 28, 2023
St. John’s tied it 1-1 in the 30th minute as Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau scored and was assisted by Max McNulty and Antonio Biggs.
After halftime, Jackson Temple put Rutgers back in the lead with an unassisted goal in the 50th minute. It was the 20th goal of his career and leads the team with 3 points through two games this season.
HE’S BACK AND BETTER ‼️
Jackson Temple scores his first goal of the season to put Rutgers back on top, 2-1.
— Rutgers Men’s Soccer (@RUMensSoccer) August 29, 2023
Unfortunately, Rutgers surrendered a late goal at the 83rd minute mark. Nicolas Fleuriau scored his second goal of the night and was assisted by Connor Mucchetti and Biggs.
Rutgers held a 6-4 advantage in shots but were even with shots on goal at three apiece. RU held a 3-2 edge in corners. Goalkeeper Ciaran Dalton made one save.
The Scarlet Knights are 6-12-8 all-time against St. John’s. The Johnnies are led by the legendary coach Dr. Dave Masur, who was a two-time All-American at Rutgers in the 80’s and started as an assistant under former coach Bob Reasso.
RU will next travel to face in-state rival Princeton (0-0) on Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m. The game will stream live on ESPN+ from Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium. Rutgers is still looking for its first win of the season and it would give them real momentum to break through against the Tigers in a series that dates back to the 1940’s.
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