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Rutgers men’s soccer suffers disappointing 3-2 loss at Delaware



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The 2023 season didn’t open on a positive note for Rutgers men’s soccer as they suffered a 3-2 loss on the road to Delaware. It was the first loss in program history to the Blue Hens in five all-time meetings (3-1-1).

Delaware scored in the 18th minute on a goal from Carlos Fernandez that was assisted on by Sam Donnellan. Rutgers was able to tie it in the 44th minute as Cleveland State transfer Saahb Kular scored with a header off an assist from Ian Abbey that came from a set piece.

While Rutgers came out strong after the break, Delaware held on and scored twice in the span of four minutes late into the second half. Cristobal Grenada scored in the 75th minute and then assisted on Jordan Miller’s backbreaking goal in the 79th minute.

RU didn’t give up as Cole Cruthers scored in the 88th minute with Luciano Sanchez  and Jackson Temple tallying assists.

Despite holding a 17-9 shot advantage and 8-6 edge in shots on goal, Rutgers was unable to avoid a season opening defeat. The Blue Hens held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Ciaran Dalton made 3 saves in the loss.

Kular was among three Rutgers players making their first starts for the program. The senior defender was joined by Syracuse transfer midfielder Curt Calov and freshman defender Devon Stopek. In addition, freshman forward Luciano Sanchez and sophomore defender Sawyer Koza made their Rutgers debuts on Thursday night.

Rutgers will next host St. John’s on Monday, August 28 at 7 p.m. Kickoff at Yurcak Field will follow the conclusion of the Rutgers women’s soccer game against FDU.

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  1. Henry Rutgers

    August 25, 2023 at 7:50 am

    I’ll watch the replay of the match this evening. The two RU scores with Twitter (X) links in the article are highly skilled well-placed balls. Regardless of the replay, McElderry will make the defensive adjustments needed to meet St. Johns Monday evening at home in what should be a great game.

  2. pj43

    August 26, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    I know it’s early in the season, but I can’t help but be disappointed at both the men & women giving up late 2nd half goals to lose. For now, I’ll choose to believe that Henry Rutgers is correct that the coaches of both teams will make the needed adjustments before the conference schedule begins.

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