Men’s football scores four points in regular-season final victory over Ohio State


PISCATAWAY, NJ – Men’s soccer Rutgers (9-5-2, 3-4-1) ended the regular season on a high note with a 4-0 win over Ohio State (6-8-1, 2-5-0) on Sunday at Yurcak Field. The Scarlet Knights advance to the 2021 Big Ten tournament, which will release the official standings later Sunday at the end of matchday.

The 4-0 score is Rutgers’ most unbalanced victory since joining the Big Ten in 2014. He also scores the most goals in a Big Ten game for the Scarlet Knights since 2015, and the most of all games since a 4-1 win over Lafayette on October 16, 2018.

Junior Jackson Temple led the offensive assault with four points on one goal and two assists. Second year Ola Maeland scored the first match and the actual winner, while the second Colin Beasley scores his first two goals of the season at the end of the second half.

“We are really proud of the squad,” said the head coach Jim McElderry. “It’s tough going into these knockout games, and there’s pressure on the guys because they thought if we didn’t get the result, if we didn’t qualify for the playoffs. of the conference it would be a disappointing season for us. I was really proud of their approach. Ohio State has some great players so for us to put that performance together some guys really stepped up. “

junior goalie Oren Asher made four saves – two in each half – for the shutout. Asher’s seven clean sheets are the highest by a UK goalkeeper in a season since David Greczek’s eight in 2015.

Maeland opened the scoring in the 35e minute, burying a rebound after the Temple shot was saved and rolled onto Maeland’s path. Temple then got his own at the start of the second half of the 48e, when his pressure on Buckeye’s defense ended in a gift. Temple took over and beat the breakaway keeper.

Beasley crammed two goals in four minutes, starting at 81st with a rocket towards the net on the left side after a feed of Thomas DeVizio, which celebrated its Senior Day. Beasley went 4-0 in the 85e after a pass from Temple, he made room for a diving shot over the keeper and under the crossbar from around 20 yards.

Temple collected his sixth top goal of the year and now also leads the club with 14 points. His six goals are tied for second in the Big Ten heading into the conference tournament.

Maeland scored his second of the season and third of his career, while Beasley also scores three career goals with his first two of the season.

The Buckeyes outscored the Scarlet Knights 13-5 in the second half and 16-13 in the game, but Rutgers was more dangerous with a 7-4 lead in penalties.

The Buckeyes’ lead in the all-time series has narrowed to 5-3 since 2014, when Rutgers joined the Big Ten. RU’s victory disrupts Ohio State’s two-game winning streak. Rutgers’ last win was in 2018, and the last home win was in 2015.

Rutgers wraps up the Big Ten and the 2021 regular season at Yurcak Field on Sunday, Oct.31 at 1 p.m. against Ohio State. The Scarlet Knights will honor three members of the Rutgers Class of 2021 on Senior Day.

Gallery: (10-31-2021) Men’s Soccer vs. Ohio State (Senior Day)

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